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. 14, No. 3, March

Annalee Jefferies: Opting for the Risk
Annalee Jefferies is convinced that acting was in her blood at birth. She played "dress-up" so much as a child, she was nicknamed Miss Rags. And when she played make-believe games such as "House" or "Cops and Robbers," she got mad at the other kids for...
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A Wedding of Worlds
Like many playwrights, I find the film world at once starkly inhospitable and glitteringly alluring. For me, the trick to screen-writing is to balance the two avocations and step back and forth between them, dual citizenship intact. In this role I find...
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Babette on the Barricades
Ten o'clock on a cold December morning. In the cozy confines of Chicago's Full Moon Cafe, an artist-owned-and-operated bistro and performance space on the city's north side, the 14-person cast of Theater Oobleck's Babette's Feast is gathered for its...
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Cissy Lacks: A Teacher Who Didn't Play Safe
For 25 years, Cissy Lacks has been receiving awards for her work in the classroom, including citations as one of the 15 best teachers in America. But suddenly, in January of 1995, the St. Louis, Mo. educator was fired because, as Lacks puts it, "I decided...
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For Playwrights Only
In Seattle, Chicago and New York, they're circling their wagons A pride of lions, a school of fish, a gaggle of geese. But what do you call a gathering of playwrights, a species better known for its more solitary endeavors? A number of organizations...
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Regarding 'Henry': Two Directors Talk Shop
Among all the plays in the canon, Shakespeare's three parts of Henry VI seem unlikely candidates for rediscovery. After all, they are teeming with an endless number of characters and are smothered in the baffling and often tedious intricacies of England's...
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The Fascination of What's Difficult
Britain's "terrible twins" - Fiona Shaw and Deborah Warner - have a take-no-prisoners approach to theatre The impossible thing to analyze," director Deborah Warner says with the unmistakable authority of someone who could convincingly negotiate any...
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The Royal Family
Once upon a time - only a few short decades ago - Canada had a ruling, if not quite royal, fairy-tale couple to gossip about as well as to admire. Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the Liberal prime minister of Canada known for his ever-present boutonniere and...
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The Science Was Beautiful
Northlight Theatre of Evanston, Ill. inaugurates its first permanent home - an intimate, 350-seat theatre at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in nearby Skokie - with the premiere this month of artistic director Russell Vandenbroucke's new...
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The Spirit Is Willing ... a Year in the Lives of 15 Young Actors: The Story Concludes
Now I finally see it, Kostya, that whatever we do - acting or writing or whatever - the main thing isn't about fame or glory, not all that stuff I dreamed about, it's being able to endure. You've got to bear your cross and have faith. I have faith, so...
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Wilson, Brustein & the Press
Not since Greer and Mailer faced off has an event at New York's Town Hall caused such a stir The crucial feature of human life is its fundamentally dialogical character. We become full human agents, capable of understanding ourselves, and hence of defining...
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Zapatistas Take the Stage
Mexico's rebel Zapatistas have met so many celebrities at their camps in Chiapas (including film director Oliver Stone, photographed in full rebel regalia for the New York Times) that a new term, "Zapatour," has been coined to describe the trek that...
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