American Theatre

American Theatre is a magazine containing news, features and opinions on American and international theatre. Published six times a year by the Theatre Communications Group, this periodical was founded in 1984.Subjects for American Theatre include drama and theatre. Nicole Estvanik Taylor is the Managing Editor and Jim O' Quinn is the Editor-in-Chief.

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 3, March

An Unscrupulous Art: A German Playwright Detects the Glory of Theatre in Its Imperfect Present
World Theatre Day is celebrated annually on March 27, a tradition set four decades ago by the International Theatre Institute. Each year, in honor of the event, a theatre personality of world stature issues a message to the global theatre community....
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Awards & Prizes
The William Inge Theatre Festival, held in April in Independence, Kans., will this year fete playwright Romulus Linney, the 24th recipient of the festival's Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre Award. "We hope this well-deserved honor...
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Beyond Balkanization: An Anniversary Prompts Reflection on a Culturally Specific Academic Program. (Commentary)
"It's nice to be color-blind, but we are not." "We should not be color-blind." "We need to be careful that diversity doesn't simplify into race, into black and white. It involves a lot more." "Most people have something that makes them a minority,...
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Editor's Note
"Something for everyone" is a phrase we love to hear applied to American Theatre, and seldom has that judgment seemed more fitting than with reference to the edition you hold in your hand. Sure, theatre is the ultimate subject of all three of this...
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Entrances & Exits
After less than a year as managing director of Minneapolis's Guthrie Theater, Susan Trapnell resigned in January, citing personal reasons, and returned to Seattle, where she previously served as executive director of the Seattle Arts Commission and...
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Not Just Foreign Affairs. (Minneapolis)
FAX MACHINES, BURGER KING AND department stores are not exotic subjects, particularly when preceded by 12th-century Persian poetry, African rhythms and Hindi comedy. But this spring, Twin Cities residents accustomed to Pangea World Theater's typical...
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Plays Well with Others. (San Francisco)
"I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S WRONG WITH me," says Denis Johnson, the writer best known for his Jesus' Son stories. "I'm supposed to be writing a novel. I mean, I have a contract. I sit down and I work on it for two days--and all of a sudden I start working...
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Pop Goes the Musical: Musical Theatre Finally Turns on to the Tunes Everybody in the World Has Been Listening to for Years
THOUGHT THAT, AS WE STEAM INTO THE 21st century, we'd have Abba to thank for rejuvenating the American musical theatre? Whatever you think--or adore or despise--about Mamma Mia!, give this Broadway phenomenon credit. It has given musical-theatre...
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Salman Rushdie and the Sea of Stories: The World-Famous Fabulist Speculates about the Innate Theatricality of His Richly Imaginative Novels
OME ARTISTS ARE BLESSED WITH OUTRAGEOUS HUMOR. Some artists are blessed with wonderful imagination. Some have extraordinary intelligence. Some have raw emotional power. And some seek in their work a kind of spiritual understanding of how the world...
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The Sharper Image. (Long Beach, Calif.)
It may borrow its name and imagery from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but Leather face, making its U.S. premier at California Repertory Company at Edison Theatre through March 15, is no stab-and-scream fest. Based on a real event that took place in...
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Tisa Chang in Praise of Illusion: Pan Asian Rep's Longtime Leader Takes an Actorly Approach to Directing
Tisa Chang--who was born in China but schooled in the United States and studied acting with Uta Hagen--began her theatre career as an actor and dancer on and Off Broadway. She turned her attention to directing in 1973, establishing the Chinese Theatre...
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Too Much of a Good Thing? (from the Executive Director)
On a recent trip to address a theatre community in a major urban center, I was lobbed a question we're all likely to hear more and more: "Especially in these times, do we really need all these theatres?" Whatever the speaker's intent, what I heard...
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Trends & Events
I WANT MY HAM Saint Paul, Minn.: Where's the beef? Lou Bellamy, artistic director of the Penumbra Theatre Company, would rather ask a different question: Where's the ham? Not the proverbial the-atrical ham, mind you--but the symbolic ham, the...
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Turn around at the Roundabout: An Artistic Director Explains How He Led a Theatre from Bankruptcy to Broadway
TCG's deputy director Joan Channick spoke at TCG's Fall Forum in New York City with Todd Haimes, who assumed the executive directorship of New York City's Roundabout Theatre Company in 1983 and seven years later became its artistic director. Channick...
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Twenty Questions
In April, La Mama herself, ELLEN STEWART, will direct the vampire opera Carmilla, one of La Mama E.T.C.'s signature pieces, with Wilford Leach's ETC Company and her beloved Great Jones Repertory. She talked to American Theatre in her Lower East Side...
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Vinnette Carroll: 1922-2002. (in Memoriam)
Anyone who ever met or worked with Vinnette Carroll, the driven director-playwright who was 80 when she died in her sleep at her Fort Lauderdale--area home in November, will never forget her. A handsome woman who favored a flattop 'do and hightop...
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