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. 27, No. 7, September

37 Moments in History
AMERICAN NIGHT: THE BALLAD OF JUAN JOSE may be a "history play," but it definitely doesn't have the feel of a history lesson. Once the kaleidoscopic new work by Richard Montoya and Culture Clash begins, the audience is catapulted through a free association...
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A Dream of the Sea: Bread and Puppet Theater and Ashtar Theatre Stage a Parade on the Ramallah Side of the Israeli Wall
FIRST ITEM OF BUSINESS: WHO WILL BE ON the Jerusalem side of the wall, and who will be on the Ramallah side? Iman Aoun, artistic director of Palestine's Ashtar Theatre, and I are collaborating on a performance that we know from the outset will be...
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And Tahoe Makes Three
LAKE TAHOE, NEV.: Charles Fee, who renovated Cleveland's Great Lakes Theater Festival and Boise's Idaho Shakespeare Festival, has a new fixer-upper on the lake--Lake Tahoe, that is, home to millionaires and to Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, the latest...
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Baby Theatre Comes of Age: Plays for Children as Young as One? European Artists Lead the Way, but U.S. Companies Are Catching Up
I VERY MUCH WANTED THIS STORY TO OPEN with a scene-setting anecdote in which my infant son, Oliver (14 months old as of this printing), attends his first play--and either laps it up like a bottle of formula, or perhaps squirms off my lap with a spirited...
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Back-to-School Musings
MY SEPTEMBER AMERICAN THEATRE COLUMN is always due during the heat of July. This year, New York City is swallowed up in record temperatures, the mayor has called for emergency cooling centers, and brand-new parks have opened on the river, making our...
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Capturing 'Castle'
DISCERNING COGNOSCENTI LIKE A.M. Homes and Joyce Carol Gates regard Shirley Jackson's 1962 short novel, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, as something of a cult classic. Oates, in particular, extols this sulkily seductive New England tall tale--about...
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Clearing the Air of Toxic Weed: Onstage Smoking Raises Legal, Administrative and Artistic Issues
TOBACCO. THERE'S BEEN A HUGE SHIFT IN THE American way of life over the past half-century regarding the once-ubiquitous weed that gave us the cigarette and its various cousins. A sea change in public attitudes has created its own difficulties--legal,...
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Drill, Ma Cherie, Drill!
Can there be such a thing as good bad timing? Consider the case of New Orleans's Cripple Creek Theatre Company, which decided in 2009 to produce Jean Giraudoux's absurdist satire The Madwoman of Chaillot, about the struggle between a band of bohemians...
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Edgar Rosenblum: 1932-2010
EDGAR ROSENBLUM and I worked together for 26 years, forming what was arguably the longest-running partnership in the American theatre at the time. Yet, on that terrible Sunday morning when the call came from Rosenblum's wife Cornelia that he had died...
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Everything That Rises Must Converge at the O'Neill
WATERFORD, CONN.: Standing on the white steps of the main cottage of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Conn., where the campus overlooks Long Island Sound, playwright Molly Smith Metzler looks up from her BlackBerry, grabs me by the shirt,...
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Galileo Connecticut Repertory Theatre
Gary M. English, DIRECTION: Our production of Galileo was conceived to challenge the political myths associated with Brecht's era as well as Galileo's. Brecht is interested in blowing up myths, including our political and economic assumptions about...
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Got Your Protective Headgear Handy
GOT YOUR PROTECTIVE HEADGEAR HANDY? IT'LL BE A USEful prop as you wend your way through the pages of this issue. Cover subject Molly Smith whips out her personalized fluorescent yellow hard-hat on page 27--a pair of them, in fact, the better to share...
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Ideas, Actions, and Finding the New Mop: Theatremakers at This Year's TCG National Conference Gathered to Face Today's Challenges Much as Its Host City, Chicago, Always Has by Getting Down to Business and Building from Below
INSIDE CHICAGO'S PALMER HOUSE HILTON HOTEL ONE balmy Thursday this past June, slick young professionals in freshly pressed suits and ties, toting their leather briefcases and sweating water jugs, did some intense speed-networking. Just down the escalator...
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Loving One Great Writer at a Time: For James Houghton and the Signature, Serial Monogamy Has Paid Off-In Artistic Acclaim and a Flashy New Permanent Home
IT'S A COLD, BLUSTERY MARCH MORNING, BUT James Houghton is not one to stay inside. "Let's go walk the construction site," he proposes, voice tinged with excitement. So we set out on a journey through the shell of what promises to be one of the most...
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Lynn Redgrave: 1943-2010
I CAN'T QUITE remember when I first met Lynn Redgrave. (Well, that isn't exactly true, because I first met her as Georgy Girl, but she was on the screen and I was in my movie seat.) But somehow our paths kept crossing in New York and Los Angeles until...
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North-South Embraces: 2 International Exchanges Build Cultural Bridges between the U.S. and Latin America
YOU CAN FORMALIZE AN INTERNATIONAL CULtural exchange program--or you can set up a looser, more customized network built by sweat equity. If you're passionate about forging fruitful cooperation with likeminded theatre colleagues in Latin American countries,...
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Orchard for Internationalism
BOSTON: If you ask Rob Orchard, he'll tell you this month's inaugural kick-off of ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage is perhaps "the most significant initiative in Boston theatre in 30 years, since the founding of the American Repertory Theater"--where...
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Ray Shepardson Restoration Drama: Thanks to This Production-Savvy Preservationist, Historic Arts Palaces in Dozens of Towns Are Once Again Drawing Crowds
ONE NIGHT IN 1985 AT THE WILSHIRE THEATRE in Los Angeles, Ray Shepardson was roaming backstage at a Shirley MacLaine show. He was there to say hello to the venerable star of stage, screen and television who had won an Academy Award for Terms of Endearment...
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Stanley E. Williams: 1950-2010 and Quentin Easter: 1953-2010
STANLEY E. WILLIAMS and Quentin Easter, co-founders of the Lorraine Hansberry Theater in San Francisco, were partners in life and in art, and their tragic successive passings--Easter last April, Williams in July--leave an artistic and emotional void...
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The Train Driver
PLAYSCRIPT Athol Fugard The Train Driver An Appointment Kept An interview with the playwright BY SUSAN HILFERTY You've denied being a political writer, though you're often called that. I only write from a very personal response to a face,...
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Yoshioida
Growing up in Japan, you learned acting from Okura-San, a famous teacher of kyogen--in fact, one of the masters of the art. What important lesson did you learn from him? Okura-San was a very serious person. One day he said, "You have too much ego,...
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You Can See America from Here: Molly Smith Puts Arena Stage and the Nation Face to Face
HERE'S SOMETHING YOU PROBABLY DON'T KNOW ABOUT MOLLY SMITH, the artistic director of Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage: She's a parallel-parking whiz. It's not a talent to sneer at in a city that can be harder on automobile owners than it is on unconfirmed...
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Zimmerman Tunes in to Voltaire
Candide, Leonard Bernstein told an interviewer in 1988, is a "personal love letter to European music." It was also, he admitted, "a pastiche ... eclectic." And what else could it be, drawn as it is from Voltaire's over-the-top satire? Although it debuted...
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