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. 7, September

A Critic under the INFLUENCE
WHAT COULD BE MORE INFORMATIVE FOR A THEATRE WRITER THAN A DOSE OF PRACTICAL THEATRE EXPERIENCE? OR DOES THAT WAY LIE CORRUPTION? IN ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS, THE PSEUDONYMOUS Jane Martin's uproarious spoof of 21st-century American theatre, a woman...
A Dance of Hope and Despair
As violence escalates, Israeli theatre reacts with anxiety and self-examination In a Tel Aviv theatre, only a few blocks from the nightclub that was the site of the June 1 suicide bombing that killed 21 young Israelis, I'm watching a scene in which...
Awards & Prizes
New York's Off-Off Broadway Review distributed its OOBR Awards at a ceremony in late June. Honorees included cutting-edge productions of such well known plays as Hamlet (American Globe) and Julius Caesar (Genesis Rep) as well as unconventional fare...
Bizet Gets a Tune-Up
"OH GOD, NOT ANOTHER CARMEN!" Such was the less-than-inspiring sentiment dancing through choreographer Matthew Bourne's brain--but he decided to create his own version of Bizet's oftperformed opera anyway. Luckily--for us and for him--the artistic...
Board Adds 3 New Members
THREE NEW MEMBERS HAVE BEEN elected to serve four-year terms on TCG's board of directors. The new members are: * Peter DuBois, artistic director, Perseverance Theatre, Douglas, Alaska. At Perseverance, DuBois' directing credits have included The...
Brave Newworlds
TCG CONFERENCE-GOERS CONTEMPLATE THE PITFALLS AND POSSIBILITIES OF THE DIGITAL ERA THIRTEEN PROVED A LUCKY NUMBER JUNE 20-23, when Philadelphia hosted the 13th biennial TCG National Conference--the largest in TCG history, with nearly 700 attendees...
Editor's Note
VLADIMIR: Moron! ESTRAGON: That's the idea, let's abuse each other. They turn, move apart, turn again and face each other. VLADIMIR: Moron! ESTRAGON: Vermin! VLADIMIR: Abortion! ESTRAGON: Morpion! VLADIMIR: Sewer-rat! ESTRAGON:...
Entrance & Exits
Jack O'Brien, artistic director of San Diego's Globe Theatres, has named Karen Carpenter as the new associate artistic director. The position has been dormant since the theatre's last associate artistic director Sheldon Epps left in 1997. O'Brien commented...
Focus ON FUNDERS: THE ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION
The Rockefeller Foundation is one of America's oldest private philanthropies, with the broad mission to enrich and sustain people's lives and livelihoods. Support for the important work of artists and humanists--those whose talent and wisdom offer...
Future Shock
This month's American Theatre brings coverage from our June biennial National Conference, a gathering that reminded us of the thrilling, perplexing, dynamic, confounding, frightening, exhilarating issues we face in this business--all in a moment when...
Having Their Say
The Animating Democracy Initiative speaks up for civic dialogue Long before there was an Animating Democracy Initiative, New Orleans playwright and actor John O'Neal was performing for ignored audiences and stirring up controversy. While involved...
Houston: Water, Water Everywhere
The Alley Theatre in Houston is undergoing a major renovation after a tropical storm flooded the theatre's lower levels in June. The Alley was just one of the casualties of the storm, which was responsible for at least 20 deaths and millions of...
How Do You Say That in Tagalog?
A Filipino company's staging of The Vagina Monologues becomes a smash hit in Asia When the Manila-based New Voice Company staged the Asian premiere of The Vagina Monologues in the Philippine capital a year ago, their expectations were modest. Unsure...
In Memoriam
Lou Fant and Charles Corey, two founding members of the National Theatre of the Deaf's acting company--the first ensemble to employ deaf actors and use American Sign Language as a primary means of communication--died within days of one another in June....
International Exchange Grants Awarded
Seven theatre companies and four theatre professionals have received grants totaling $27,500 in the second round of the TCG/International Theatre Institute Travel Grants. Funded by the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the grants were designed to foster...
JAZZ by NIGHT
Los Angeles is like my Grandpa Willy: Don't remember nothin'," muses trumpeter Sam Washington, the lead character in Stephen Sachs's Central Avenue, at Hollywood's Fountain Theatre through Dec. 16. Named after that once-vibrant boulevard now peppered...
Letters to the Editor
GREEN CARD GRUMP The high -pitched whine rising from Tim Miller's Commentary ("End of the Rainbow," April '01) was enough to shatter the sound barrier. I, too, would suffer if my partner were of another nationality and therefore unable to obtain...
'Love' Has 2 Faces
Stoppard observes 2 very different approaches to his Invention Tom Stoppard took his seat for The Invention of Love like anyone else--third row, just off the aisle--utterly unnoticed by the SRO crowd that had assembled out of love for his work....
Measure for Measure
WHEN IT COMES TO WRANGLING WITH CRITICS, ARTISTS HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO GIVE AS GOOD AS THEY GET IN THE SUMMER OF 1969, TENNESSEE WILLIAMS WATCHED his new play, In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel, open and slam shut. The playwright's tragic story of a middle-aged...
MILLENNIUM Approaches
TCG's Theatre Facts 2000 looks at the field in the final year of the 20th century SCENE: The American nonprofit theatre. Period: Sept. 1, 1999 through Aug. 31, 2000. Players: The artists, audiences and staffs of more than 250 nonprofit theatres....
On Deadline
SIX THEATRE CRITICS LEVEL WITH THEIR READERS CRITICS ARE RARELY AT THE TOP OF AN ARTIST'S BEST-FRIEND list--more likely they're considered necessary foes. But for their readers, they serve a crucial function by acting as designated arbiters between...
Prince Gomolvilas NO LIMITS
A young playwright dares to cast his net wide Abject terror, says San Francisco playwright Prince Gomolvilas, is part of his creative process. "I always know I'm on the right track with a play if, before I start it, I have an enormous amount of...
Swan and London's Globe
Staunton, Va.: With state-of-the-art theatres sprouting up right and left, the Shenandoah Shakespeare Festival is bucking the trend with its newly constructed $4-million replica of the historic Blackfriars, replete with wooden joints, tiring house,...
The Critic in Extremis
A PERCEPTIVE NEW COLLECTION BY ONE CRITIC INSPIRES ANOTHER TO REFLECT ON OUR PRESENT CRISIS IN THEATRE JOURNALISM AMERICA IS NO PLACE FOR A THEATRE CRITIC. NOT A GOOD ONE, anyway. It's not just that the theatre here has always resisted serious evaluation...
The Other Side of the Lights
AN ACTRESS (PURSUED BY HER MONSTROUS EVIL TWIN) LEARNS THE ROPES AS A CRITIC AS AN ACTOR, I'VE NEVER HAD TO SUFFER A THORNY RELATIONSHIP with theatre critics. Printed allusions to my work have historically tended to be both glancing ("the cast also...
Twenty QUESTIONS
MARGO JEFFERSON is a cultural critic for the New York Times. She received a Pulitzer Prize for her criticism in 1995. What's your sign? Libra. People say "Oh, you're so balanced," and I say, "No, I'm always looking for balance." Or they say,...
What We Talk about When We Talk about Good
WHAT PEOPLE READ AND LIKE IS GOOD: THAT IS WHAT GOOD MEANS. RANDALL JARRELL, THE AGE OF CRITICISM (1952) IF THEATRE CRITICS DIDN'T EXIST, WOULD WE INVENT THEM? If we did, if they sprang full-blown from the collective head of the artists of the...