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. 26, No. 10, December

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JIM BROUCHU says he's been compared to the late, great stage icon Zero Mostel for much of his performing career. So it's only natural that he's now touring the country impresonating the great man in Zero Hour, a self-penned solo show (currently off...
A Dark Night of the Soul
THE STANDARD LINE ABOUT ATHOL FUGARD'S dramas, post-apartheid, is that South Africa had defined him, and his work's value as political protest has lost urgency. This is just not so, says Long Wharf Theatre's artistic director Gordon Edelstein, whose...
American Hwangap
CHARACTERS CHUN MIN SUK: 59, a Korean immigrant to the U.S. (who returned to Korea for many years and is now back again). Probably either tall, large or otherwise imposing. His English, while rusty, is actually quite good and he speaks quickly,...
A Search for the Oldest Songs in the World: Out of the Crucible of Modern Polish Theatre Haunted by Death, Memory Comes Teatr ZAR, and the Primal Power of Ancient Song
Songs grow directly from reactions to life's travails; they come from something "under the skin," something wholly organic. --Jerzy Grotowski HOW DID POLAND'S TEATR ZAR SET about rescuing the oldest songs in the world from the oblivion of history?...
Auden in Autumn: What Would Man of la Mancha Be like If the Poet W.H. Auden Had Written Lyrics for This Classic Musical?
ONCE UPON A TIME WHEN KING OSCAR THE SECOND (known to the laity as author Oscar Hammerstein) was asked that dreary question "Which comes first, the music or the lyrics?" he answered, "Neither. The book." [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As usual, King...
Battle Cry: 50/50 by 2020
NEW YORK CITY AND PRINCETON, N.J.: All the signs keep pointing to the rise of a new grassroots movement rallying around the issue of gender disparity in the American theatre. As this magazine reported in Dec. '08, playwright groups and developmental...
Broadway in Black and White: Post-Racial? Not on the Great White Way
THERE'S SCANT EVIDENCE THAT OUR CURRENT president is a racial essentialist--that the temperamentally moderate, biracial Barack Obama, as one especially odious cable pundit indelibly phrased it, harbors a "deep-seated hatred for white people or the...
Critics' Right to Vote?
NEW YORK CITY: When something is lost or gone, the truism is that it will never come back. But a glimmer of hope was held out by the American Theatre Critics Association's chair, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette senior critic Chris Rawson, who stated in the...
Don't It Ever Change?
THE BROADWAY DIVA WHO DEMANDS TOTAL WORSHIP AND the starry-eyed ingenue who innocently becomes her understudy. ... The nervous playwright, scheming producer, stressed-out director. ... You might know the territory, but you don't know the play--yet....
Fractures, Large and Small: An Interview with the Playwright
DAVID HENRY HWANG: The play is incredibly moving, I think, and funny, and poignant in a surprising way. What are its origins? [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] LLOYD SUH: It began because my father was having his 60th birthday, his bwangap, and my brother...
Gilberto Zaldivar: 1934-2009
I FIRST MET GILBERTO Zaldivar on a rainy day in the fall of 1985. I had never been to Repertorio Espanol before that day, but I had met its artistic director, Rene Buch. I watched Rene rehearse his company of actors and was introduced to Robert Weber...
Here Comes the Bride (Enter Downstage Left): Couples Save and Theatres Earn When Marriages Happen on Stage
THE FIRST WEDDING I EVER ATTENDED TOOK place in the backyard of a Vermont ski lodge. It was late July and after the outdoor ceremony the guests were invited to swim in the hotel's pool. I thought post-vow dips were a feature of all weddings. I was...
Jeff Daniels Has Cabin Fever
"THE FURTHER NORTH you get, the stranger it is," contends Purple Rose Theatre Company artistic director Guy Sanville, describing Michigan and the guiding principle behind Jeff Daniels's comedic trilogy about three generations of a deer-hunting family...
Jon Ferguson Accidental Optimist: This Surfer-Turned-Director Trusts the Waves to Carry Him
WE'RE GONNA SKIP THAT SCENE," ANNOUNCES Jon Ferguson, a gentle-natured 36-year-old. It's early September, and the director and his dozen-member cast are gathered in a Minneapolis warehouse to put the finishing touches on Super Monkey, the ensemble-made...
Ludwik Flaszen and the Pragmatics of Grotowski: The Legendary Director's One-Time Partner Talks about the Secret Politics of the Polish Laboratory Theatre
"I am astonished that all of this happened during my life," says the short, white-haired man, peering into his steaming cup of tea as though he expected some revelation to materialize there. "I am trying to understand it all--everything that happened."...
Seeing Red
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.: Legions of sci-fi writers, from H.G Wells and C.S. Lewis to Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov, have used the Red Planet as a backdrop for their tales. But how many of them had a top planetary geophysicist on call to debate the finer...
Storm Clouds and Silver Linings
ON OCT. 15, TCG CELEBRATED THE FIFTH ANNI-versary of its Free Night of Theater program. First piloted in three cities in 2003, by 2009 Free Night had 120 participating communities, with 700 theatres, 2,000 performances and 65,000 tickets distributed...
The Master Builder: Yale Repertory Theatre
Evan Yionoulis, DIRECTION: Master Builder Solness is stuck in his work, stuck in his marriage, paralyzed by a fear of retribution and the power of his own darkest ambitions. The world considers him at the pinnacle of his career, but he knows there...
To Be Determined
YOUNG DIRECTOR ARIN ARBUS WAS SHARING A Manhattan taxi with Theatre for a New Audience founder and artistic director Jeffrey Horowitz. The two were heading to a late-April performance at the Duke on 42nd Street of TFANA's Othello, with which Arbus...
You Hear a Lot of Things about Jerzy Grotowski
Some of them make sense. Others seem outlandishly contradictory. Or just outlandish. I heard Grotowski speak in the late 1970s in a class of Richard Schechner's at New York University's graduate performance studies department. He was a wiry, bearded...