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. 18, No. 2, February

5 Five-Finger Exercise
A HANDFUL OF NEW MUSICALS THAT GRAPPLE WITH VARIED AMERICAN EXPERIENCES 1 IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT Musicals these days are short on giant urns. I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change? One hundred percent urnless. Last season's multiple...
A Completed Irish Trilogy Sings
Edelstein meets McDonagh for Connemara's U.S. premiere On a recent trip to Seattle, Martin McDonagh did a lot of things many a young tourist to the Emerald City would do. He took in a Seattle Mariners baseball game at the spiffy new Safeco Field...
Do You HEAR WHAT I HEAR?
'THEATRE THAT SINGS' IS ENJOYING AN ENERGETIC RENEWAL, AS ARTISTS TRY OUT EVERYTHING FROM DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY TO COMIC BOOKS, AND LARGER THEATRES FORGE GENRE-BLENDING COLLABORATIONS CALL IT "MUSIC-THEATRE," "SMALL-SCALE OPERA," "new opera" or even...
Entrances & Exits
Allison Narver, a longtime native of Washington state, is returning to the Northwest as the new artistic director of Seattle's Empty Space Theatre. The former artistic director of Seattle's Annex Theatre and, for the last year, the resident director...
International Exchange Grants Go to 9 Theatre Artists
Under a new international travel grants program funded by the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the International Theatre Institute at TCG has awarded $22,500 to theatre professionals in the United States and their European and Russian counterparts....
Letters to the Editor
Jerome Weeks's fine piece on the enduring qualities of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol ("What the Dickens?" Dec. '00) poses two interesting questions that many of us have grappled with when trying to flesh out the wonderful characters who populate...
Middle Finger
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT Han Ong was born and raised in Manila, the Philippines, and came to the U.S. as a teenager with his family. He first settled in Los Angeles, and in the mid-1990s moved to New York City, where he still lives. He is the author of...
On the Other Side of the Rainbow
Two anthologies break new ground for multi-ethnic drama ALL TOO OFTEN, ONLY PLAYS WITH successful mainstream productions make it into print. This practice is disturbing not only because it exposes the harsher realities of commercialism--it also...
The Festival That Could
L.A.'s Edge of the World outwits the city's challenges Edgy entertainment took the stage last November at Los Angeles's second annual Edge of the World Festival. The offerings included a Sartre-esque treatment of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; a webcast...
The Merits of Mentorship
Although the notion of mentorship has existed since ancient Greece (Mentor was the friend to whom Odysseus entrusted the education of his son Telemachus), we've only recently recognized how critical that concept may be to the future viability of the...
TKO Times Two
Oliver Mayer is in the ring again. From the title of his latest work, Joe Louis Blues--which was given its premiere in November by San Francisco's Thick Description theatre company--it's clear that the world of boxing continues to exert a fascination...
To the Manner Bourne
When Quentin Crisp, the self-dubbed "stately homo of England," died on Nov. 21 in London, he expired in the same manner he lived: ironically. After all, the epicene Crisp had often remarked--and when he spoke, it was always a remark--that he would...
Twenty QUESTIONS
Andre De Shields is currently playing the role of Horse in the Broadway musical The Full Monty. What's your Sign? I am the best of Capricorns. We lead our lives with a tremendous belief in mystical powers and metaphysical mantras. We are also...
Whose Story Is This?
As a white playwright struggling with sensitive racial questions, Thomas Gibbons has often met with skepticism about his work. "The question has been put to me several times," he notes, "'What gives you the right to write about African-American characters?"'...
Year of the Spirit
Y2K meets the fin-de-siecle at BAM's Next Wave "The best things can't be told," Joseph Campbell used to quote his mentor, the great Sanskrit scholar Heinrich Zimmer. "The second best are misunderstood." The third best, Campbell would add, "are history,...
You Can't Always Get What You Want
BUT IF ARTISTS FROM THECLASHING WORLDS OF ROCK MUSIC AND THEATRESETTLED THEIR DIFFERENCES, THEY JUST MIGHT GETWHAT THEY NEED SINGER-SONGWRITER DUNCAN SHEIK, whose 1996 self-titled debut album went gold and spawned the hit single "Barely Breathing,"...