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. 2, February

36 Assumptions about Writing Plays: A Noted Playwright Nails Down Three Dozen Creative Principles
Art is the conversation between lovers. Art offers an opening for the heart. True art makes the divine silence in the soul Break into applause. Art is, at last, the knowledge of Where we are standing-- Where we are standing In this wonderland When we...
Awards & Prizes
New York's AUDELCO Awards were swept this year by George C. Wolfe's Harlem Song, which took seven "Vivs" at a ceremony in Harlem in November. In addition to winning for best musical production, Harlem Song took accolades for direction (Wolfe), musical...
Blind Tom Lives! an Ex-Slave and Piano Wunderkind Dazzles the Public (Again) in a Heartbreaking Show, Now on Tour. (Critic's Notebook)
Saying that the South remains ambivalent about its past is as obvious as writing black words on white paper. A few years ago, when a prominent Atlanta woman tried to restore a dilapidated apartment building where Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone with the...
Dad's Garage Goes to Washington. (Trends & Events)
Atlanta, Ga.: The creative loafers of Dad's Garage Theatre Company have since moved on to other program offerings--but quite frankly, they still haven't gotten over the surprise visit from former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, who attended...
Disarming Drama. (Front and Center: Montgomery, Ala.)
AT NEW YORK CITY'S LINCOLN CENTER, in June 1999, the Human Rights Film Festival featured 10 short films condemning the harsh human toll exacted by landmines. Playwright Kia Corthron attended, and the impact of the films on her was immediate. "Whenever...
Editor's Note
What would it be like (most of us who've worked in the theatre have wondered on one fantasy-driven opening night or another) if the oddball little production we had just helped bring to life were to be miraculously transformed into a big, glitzy, critically...
Entrances & Exits
Jasson Minadakis, founding member and producing artistic director of Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, passed his title to founding member Nick Rose in January. After nine years with CSF, Minadakis will now pursue artistic opportunities outside of Cincinnati....
Fear of Flying: The Perennial Peter Pan Is Buoyant Children's Fare, Right? Think Again. (Critic's Notebook)
In recent months, American audiences have tasted the anguish of impossible desire, when Edward Albee herded his Goat onto Broadway. They have raged at human faithlessness with an outbreak of Medeas and stared into the abyss of epistemological uncertainty...
It's a Conspiracy, All Right: A Critic and an Assassination Buff Trade Notes on Keith Reddin's Frame 312. (Connections)
Keith Reddin constructs his new play Frame 312--the title refers to a crucial exposure in the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination--around a long-held secret. To reveal the exact mystery underpinning this psychological drama would be to betray...
Krapp's Last Dress. (Trends & Events)
Nashville, Tenn.: No one knows who Godot was, or even what gender he or she might be. But when it comes to the gender of Vladimir and Estragon, the two tramps in the infamously expectant Waiting for Godot--watch out. Like the Eye of Mordor in The Lord...
New Library Named for ITI's Martha Coigney. (News from TCG)
Two hundred friends and colleagues gathered at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on Nov. 18 to honor Martha W. Coigney, longtime director of the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), on the occasion of her retirement...
Our Lady of 121st Street. (Playscript)
THE CHARACTERS Vic--Italian-American, early fifties Balthazar--Latino, mid-thirties Rooftop--African-American, mid-forties Father Lux--white, mid-seventies Flip--African-American, thirty-seven Gail-white, thirty-seven Inez--African-American,...
Q Is for Quirky. (Front and Center: New York City)
DO YOU SOMETIMES WISH THE PROBLEMS of grownup life could be explained with the clarity, wit and tunefulness of "Sesame Street"? Done. Brought to you by the letter Q--or more specifically, the new musical comedy, Avenue Q. "It's a children's television...
Reinventing the RATs: Is It Possible to Discern a Specific Direction amid the Purposeful Anarchy? (Faultlines)
The alternative theatre collective known as RAT has been around long enough--about eight years now--to have experienced a couple of different incarnations. The idea began with playwright Erik Ehn's influential "Proposal and Alarum Toward Big Cheap...
So What's the Problem? (from the Executive Director)
Okay, it's winter, the sun has already set and it's not even 5:00. I'm cranky and tired. And someone has just pushed my hot button. For years, I have bristled at the suggestion that we in the not-for-profit world are poor businesspeople. This suggestion...
Study with the Masters
Jane Alexander An award-winning actress, Alexander is a Francis Eppes Professor in the School of Theatre at Florida State University. She has earned Academy Award nominations for her roles in "Testament," "Kramer vs. Kramer," "All the President's...
The Company We Keep. (Front and Center: Chicago)
IS A 1966 MELODRAMA ABOUT A clandestine, interracial love affair in 1918 South Carolina too quaint for a hip, ambitious black theatre company that's looking to make it in Chicago? Is it merely self-serving--or jungle fever--for a mainstream ensemble...
The Most Exclusive Club in America. (Trends & Events)
New York City: It may be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for an aspiring young artist to enter into the kingdom of Juilliard. Unless you are a television producer from Thirteen/WNET New York--in which case, you will be...
Twenty Questions: Neil Patrick Harris, Who Came to Prominence as the Title Character on ABC's "Doogie Howser, M.D.," Spoke to American Theatre after Rehearsing for His New Role as the Emcee in Broadway's Cabaret
What's your sign? Gemini. We Geminis have sort of a semi-split personality--the introvert and the extrovert, the yin and the yang, the businessman and the jester. Many people are surprised when they first hear that you sing. Is it a talent you've...
'Urinetown' Confidential: The Untold Story
THE IDEA HITS ME IN PARIS The idea for Urinetown first came to me during what might generously be described as a poorly planned trip to Europe during the late winter and early spring of 1995. At the time, I was performing with the Neo-Futurists,...