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. 19, No. 5, May

9/11: Polls Assess the Impact; as Data Emerge and Philanthropy Flows in, America's Theatres Continue to Respond to the Crisis. (Trends &Amp; Events).(Statistical Data Included)
Theatre Communications Group has completed the second in a trio of surveys aimed at gauging the economic health of America's nonprofit theatres in the aftermath of the Sept.11 terrorist attacks. The poll constitutes a follow-up to one conducted...
Arts Advocates Visit D.C. (News from TCG).(Arts Advocacy Day)(Brief Article)
WITH A LOT LESS FANFARE, over a shorter period of time and a bit earlier than the NCAA Tournament, the theatre community celebrated its own version of March Madness with Arts Advocacy Day, actually spread over two days, March 11 and 12. During that...
A Truck, a Chicken and an egg.(A Sonatina)(Brief Article)
The Milk International Children's Festival of the Arts, in Toronto, will showcase A Sonatina, a reinvention of the "Little Red Riding Hood" fairytale by Denmark's Gruppe 38. The show runs in Toronto May 19-26. DENMARK'S GRUPPE 38, KNOWN FOR clever...
Awards &Amp; Prizes.(Brief Article)
The 26th annual Laurence Olivier Awards, presented in February at London's Victoria Palace, gave a nod to only one Yank this year: August Wilson, whose Jitney earned the best play award (edging out the odds-on favorite, Humble Boy by Charlotte Jones)....
Ballet of the Dolls: The Premiere of the Doll Plays Explores Harlem's Changing Soul-And Challenges Atlanta Audiences. (Critic's Notebook). <Subdivision>(theater review)</Subdivision>
Pink and white--the colors of a little girl's dream dollhouse--create an atmosphere that is soft, warm and inviting. Gossamer drapes and fine shining wires define the space. At the center is the bed we all wished we had when we were 12--a canopied...
Border Shenanigans. (from the Deputy Director).(United States Immigration and Naturalization Policy, fees)(Brief Article)
The recent revelation that the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service sent a Florida flight school confirmation that they had approved student visas for Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi--exactly six months after the two terrorists hijacked...
Clash of the Titans. (Front and Center: Silver Spring, MD.).(Ernest Joselovitz's Play Shakespeare, Moses and Joe Papp)(Brief Article)
Maryland's Round House Theatre will take Manhattan. At least, it will take that island's Central Park and the bit of groundbreaking theatrical history that goes with it. Peeking slyly into the annals of Gotham bureaucracy, Ernest Joselovitz's Shakespeare,...
'Cleansed' Means catharsis.(Brief Article)
France's Festival d'Avignon will feature Krzysztof Warlikowski's staging of Cleansed by the late British playwright Sarah Kane. The production, which premiered this season, was a collaboration between three Polish theatres: Warsaw's Teatr Rozmaitosci,...
Cross-Border Theatre in a Globalized World: Can the Stage Be a Bridge between the Cosmos and the Polis? (Where in the World)
CAN THEATRE BE CIRCULATED LIKE GOODS AND SERVICES? WHAT IS THE VALUE OF THEATRICAL INTERNATIONALISM? IS IT EVEN POSSIBLE? CAN IT EVER BE REAL? Good wine, they say, does not travel well. It is no coincidence that Dionysus is the god of wine and...
Designers and Money. (Letters to the Editor)
The kindest way to characterize Michael Maso's letter (Dec. '01) responding to the article "Design and the Bottom Line" (Nov. '01) is that it is disingenuous. Although Mr. Maso says (repeatedly) that all the information presented in the article by...
Dreamgirls in Concert. <Subdivision>(sound Recording review)</Subdivision>
DREAMGIRLS IN CONCERT, books and lyrics by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krieger, Nonesuch Records. DREAMGIRLS IN CONCERT, RECORDED live as a benefit for the Actors Fund, reveals a decidedly darker musical than the 1981 original Broadway cast recording...
Editor's Note.(cultural Exchange and American theater)(Brief Article)(Editorial)
Cultural exchange: The term sounds almost quaint now, a little out of date, like "communist conspiracy" or women's lib." Cultural exchange has had a powerful impact, nevertheless, on America's theatrical life, and it was only in 1985 that Martha...
Entrances &Amp; Exits.(theater Company hirings)(Brief Article)
Acclaimed choreographer George Faison has been appointed acting artistic director of Crossroads Theatre Company in New Brunswick, N.J. Faison is deferring his salary for the year-long appointment while Crossroads tries to work through a $2-million...
Incident at Awassa: An American Director Collaborates on Ethiopia's First AIDS Education Circus and Narrowly Avoids Provoking a Theatre Riot. (Where in the World)
APRIL 2001, THE MARKET, AWASSA, ETHIOPIA: THE AUDIENCE CLOSED IN SO tightly around the performers that there was hardly room to perform. Too tight, I thought, hugging the inside of the circle, one of two "forengis" in a crowd of over a thousand...
Jennifer Coolidge Funny Girl: High Laugh Quotient Puts a Determined Actress Center Stage. (Profiles)
It's hard to put a finger on what exactly is so funny about Jennifer Coolidge. She does not have the biting sarcasm of, say, Sandra Bernhard, the grandiose antics of Bette Midler, the apologetic flightiness of Diane Keaton. And yet in a slew...
Lights over Warsaw: A Constellation of Crackshot Directors Is Reanimating Polish Theatre-And Grzegorz Jarzyna Is Their Leading Luminary. (Where in the World)
WARSAW: it's hard to argue with success. Grzegorz Jarzyna's career as a stage director has been brief, brilliant, inconsistent, controversial--and, here in this bustling East European theatre capital, meteorically successful. He's the Polish equivalent...
Memories of the Future: International Theatre Institute Continues Its Fight for the Theatre of Tomorrow. (International Theatre Institute News).(Brief Article)
Theatre is the art of story, the art of disappearance and the momentary mirror of human life. No matter how much is written analyzing, archiving and recording theatre work, it disappears--each night--only to reappear "for the first time at another...
No Ordinary Days: After a Century of Internationalism, Chinese Spoken Drama Goes Global in a New Way. (Where in the World)
LAST JUNE IN SHANGHAI I WAS INVITED BY SHANGHAI THEATRE ACADEMY professor William Sun to sit in on a meeting with Thomas Richards (Son of the distinguished American director Lloyd Richards), Jerzy Grotowski's chosen heir to his artistic legacy and...
No Snoozing for the Avant-garde.(Shut Eye)(Brief Article)
Pig Iron Theatre Company's Shut Eye, a collaboration with Joseph Chaikin that premiered in September 2001, will pay at Scotland's Edinburgh Festival Aug. 1-26. IN THE CONTINUALLY SHIFTING WORLDS OF THE PHILADELPHIA-based Pig Iron Theatre Company's...
On Stage. (May/June)
Alabama ALABAMA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL Montgomery (800) 841-4273 www.asf.net Shiloh Rules, Doris Baizley. May 14-Jul 27. Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare; dir: Kent Thompson. May 21-Jul 27. Sheppy, Somerset Maugham; dir:...
Overtures from the Other Side of the Pacific.(Brief Article)
The Lincoln Center Festival in New York will host a Japanese-language production of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's 1976 musical Pacific Overtures, which premiered in the fall of 2000 at Tokyo's New National Theater. The show appears at the...
Racine Meets His match.(To You, the Birdie!)(Brief Article)
The Wooster Group's To You, the Birdie! will appear at the London International Festival of Theatre May 9-23, the International Istanbul Theatre Festival May 31-June 4 and the Kai Theater in Brussels June 13-18. THE WOOSTER GROUP NEVER FAILS...
Reigning in L.A.: An Avant-Garde King Lear Inaugurates an Ambitious Southern California Theatre Center. (Blueprints)
In King Lear, it's the king who's supposed to go mad. After hearing their plans, however, some may wonder if it's the folks at California Institute of the Arts who've gone a bit crazy. To inaugurate its Center for New Theater, the Cal Arts school...
Strike a pose.(Brief Article)
Richard Foreman's Maria del Bosco, which premiered at New York's Ontological-Hysteric Theater earlier this year, will appear at the Singapore Arts Festival June 6-9. RICHARD FOREMAN'S 50TH production, Maria del Bosco (Sex &amp; Racing Cars: A...
Terrified (and Laughing about It): Who but Martin McDonagh Would Dare to Mock Political Violence These Days? (Postmark London).(Brief Article)
Terrorism, one can safely say, is no laughing matter. So leave it to Martin McDonagh to write the first play (in my experience, anyway) to make the nightmare of the "troubles" fiercely, bruisingly funny. What's more, McDonagh's The Lieutenant of...
The Coincidental Tourist. (Front and Center: Philadelphia).(Walter Dallas Goes to Africa to Research New play)(Brief Article)
IT'S CHRISTMAS IN GHANA. Playwright and Freedom Repertory Theatre artistic director Walter Dallas has arrived in the coastal city of Legon to research African resurrection stories for his new play about Lazarus--and to visit an old friend, a...
The Puppet and the Fish. (Front and Center: Chicago).(Redmoon Theater company)(Brief Article)
Outside, 12 inches of snow blankets abandoned warehouses near Chicago's Chinatown. But inside--on the vast, unfinished eighth floor of one of those warehouses-a giant marlin and an Old Man struggle for their lives on the sun-splashed waves off Cuba....
Tomorrow &Amp; Tomorrow &Amp; Tomorrow: Actors Theatre of Louisville Goes Futuristic with a Guardedly High-Tech Macbeth. (Critic's Notebook). <Subdivision>(theater review)</Subdivision>
The power was intoxicating, the possibilities infinite. Nothing restrained these partners from realizing their most sublime visions--or from tumbling headlong into the abyss of their own ambition. In creating their multimedia production of Macbeth...
Twenty Questions.(Brief Article)(Interview)
John Cullum is a two-time Tony-winner appearing in this season's most irreverent musical comedy, Urinetown: The Musical. He invited American Theatre to his dressing room before an evening performance at the Henry Miller Theatre. What's your sign?...
Where in the World. (International Festivals)
There's theatre to be discovered in every corner of the globe in festival summer 2002--and in this special section, compiled by Benjamin W. Sampson and illustrated with production photographs. AMERICAN THEATRE has collected contact information and...
Your Friends and Neighbors: Six World - Theatre Practitioners Remind Us Why We Should Look beyond Our Own Front Yards. (Where in the World)
Few of use think twice about seeing foreign films, especially if they're well made, provocative and subtitled. But the American theatre, film's distant and much older cousin, has only intermittently demonstrated the willingness to seek out and appreciate...