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. 7, September

A Carpe Diem Decade: Show Music Opens a Window on the Changing '50S. (New CDs).(The Student Prince)(The Girl in the Pink Tights)(The Nervous Set) <Subdivision>(sound Recording review)</Subdivision>
THE STUDENT PRINCE, music by Sigmund Romberg and lyrics by Dorothy Donnelly, original Broadway cast recording, Columbia. THE GIRL IN PINK TIGHTS, music by Sigmund Romberg and lyrics by Leo Robin, original Broadway cast recording, Columbia. ...
A Pioneering Lab Heads West: What Happens When 50 Directors Converge in California to Talk about Their Work? (Blueprints)
With more than 80 years of production history behind it, the grand and gracious Pasadena Playhouse counts as an historical landmark in neophile Southern California. At the time the Mission-style structure was built, Pasadena was an outpost of Los...
A Sampler from the World Stage. (Global Spotlight).(includes Multiple articles)(Brief Article)
STRATFORD FESTIVAL OF CANADA: There are great actors afoot this fall in Stratford. Christopher Plummer is on hand as Lear, commenting that 'nothing will come of nothing." Tom McCamus will show his versatility at playing villainous types--the rakish...
A Study in Scarlet. (Lenox, Mass.).(The Scarlet Letter on Stage) <Subdivision>(theater review)</Subdivision>
SHAME, OSTRACISM AND A LIFELONG dress code: Love exacts a whopping toll from The Scarlet Letter's heroine, Hester Prynne, condemned by flint-hearted Puritans to wear an "A" on her breast as penance for adultery. So it's not surprising that when...
Awards &Amp; Prizes
On the heels of the Tonys, which capped a crowded awards season June 2, the 58th Annual Theatre World Awards honored new performers from the past season's Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. The Theatre World committee of writers and critics...
Bard or Bust: A Fanatic's Vow; How a Young Writer Saw All of Shakespeare before the Age of 30. (First Person)
Shortly before boarding an early-morning flight from Newark to Seattle to see Titus Andronicus last April, I stopped dead in my tracks. Why on earth was I traveling 2,300 miles to see one of William Shakespeare's worst plays? I decided Ian McKellen...
Drive-By Criticism. (Letters to the Editor)
Recently a friend gave me your Sept. '01 issue, and I'd like to thank you for your special section "Understanding Critics." In January 1995 my first play, The Sugar Bean Sisters, premiered Off-Broadway at the WPA Theatre in New York City. Vincent Canby,...
Editor's Note
Behind the titles of HBO's Sex and the City, the skyline of Manhattan has changed. Bruce Springsteen's bluesy laments about heroes, lost and living, climb the Billboard charts. As the first anniversary of 9/11 approaches, we are watching the tragedy...
Grants Awarded to 14 Theatre Companies
FOURTEEN LEADING AMERICAN theatre companies will receive grants totaling $750,000 in the 10th and final round of the National Theatre Artist Residency Program. The program, which was jointly developed by TCG and The Pew Charitable Trusts and fully...
Grants Totaling $1.7 Million Benefit 25 Theatres. (News from TCG)
Twenty-five theatres have been selected to participate in the second round of the New Generations Program, a grant initiative cooperatively designed by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and TCG. In the first two...
In Memoriam.(Brief Article)(Obituary)
After a battle with breast cancer, Josephine Abady died in May at age 52. A director whose work spanned both nonprofit regional theatre and Broadway, Abady began her career as the artistic director of the Berkshire Theatre Festival in 1979. In 1988...
Josef Svoboda: 1920-2002. (in Memoriam).(Brief Article)(Obituary)
When Czech designer Josef Svoboda died last April, just short of his 82nd birthday, the theatre world lost a leading artist--one whose achievements recall Gordon Craig's prophetic words from 1905: "I look for a Renaissance of the theatre...through...
Mommy Queerest. (New York City).(Harvey Fierstein)(Interview)
OH, SURE, THE ROLE WAS Originated by Divine. But that doesn't mean another drag queen can't be, well, divoon! And s/he is: In Hair-spray, the Seattle-nurtured musical, now running at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre and based on John Waters's 1988...
Nobu McCarthy: 1934-2002. (in Memoriam).(Obituary)(Brief Article)
In 1986 Nobu McCarthy starred in my play As the Crow Flies at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, in a production helmed by the late avant-garde director Reza Abdoh. She was then in her early fifties, struggling with the arthritis that she battled for...
Sarah Jones Wrestling Her Way Out: As Well as Writing and Performing, She's Suing the FCC. (Profiles)
After performing in her one-woman drama, Surface Transit, produced by D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company this spring, Sarah Jones reappeared onstage to talk about her lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission. Wearing a T-shirt emblazoned...
Shifting Currents: Tracks the Field's Course through Troubled Waters. (TCG's Theatre Facts 2001).(financial Survey of Non-Profit theaters)(Industry Overview)
IT WAS ONLY TWO YEARS AGO, IN THESE VERY pages, that Linda Geeson writing about the 1999 version of TCG's Theatre Facts touted how "record-setting U.S. economic expansion" had played "on the stages of America's nonprofit theatres." These boom times...
Stark Raving Shakespeare. (Berkeley, Calif.).(Ambulatory Theater at California Shakespeare Festival)(Brief Article)
THERE'S A LOT TO BE said for the venerable practice of ambulatory theatre, in which the audience travels from scene to scene, a la medieval drama. But theatre artists of today--consummate control-freaks, despite their Dionysian heritage--cannot...
Tarrytown Retreat Invigorates Grant Recipients. (News from TCG).(Brief Article)
The need for the familiar and the new concerned artists and theatres alike at the National Theatre Artists Residency Program (NTARP) retreat in Tarrytown, N.Y. The event, sponsored by TCG with funds from The Pew Charitable Trusts, took place June...
Tha Playz Tha Thang: A New York City Festival Confirms That Hip-Hop Is a Theatre Genre to Contend with. (Critic's Notebook)
Outside P.S. 122 in Manhattan's East Village, the energy charging the air is palpable. Inside the complex's double doors clusters a crowd of hip, multi-hued, mostly under-thirty-fives, while outside an anxious mob swarms the box office. Off to one...
The Naked Woyzeck: Hungarian Productions Take Classics by Buchner and Brecht to New Extremes. (Postmark Hungary). <Subdivision>(theater review)</Subdivision>
Woyzeck holds a special place in the Hungarian theatre repertoire. In a society subjected for more than 30 years to Soviet regimentation and repression, it makes sense that Georg Buchner's brilliant, fragmentary proletarian outcry--left unfinished...
The Rake's Progress: That Immortal Immoralist Don Juan Keeps Pace with the Age of Enron
"He is the greatest rascal the earth has ever held, this madman, dog, devil, Turk, and heretic, who believes in neither Heaven, Hell, nor werewolf" The servant Sganarelle describing his master, the title character in the Moliere play Don Juan,...
The View from Here: 11 Artists Talk about the Challenge of Putting 9/11 on Stage
HOW BEST TO MARK THE ONE-YEAR anniversary of 9/11 in American Theatre? An examination of how the tragedy impacted artistic programming nationally might prove interesting, but specifics would be elusive. A fiscal analysis of the year could address...
The Workshop Cover-Up: Can It Hide a Musical's Weaknesses Rather Than Expose them?(Brief Article)
New York: How do you coax a brand-new work--particularly a large, expensive musical--from its beginnings on the page to a successful incarnation on the stage? You schedule a series of workshops, of course. But director Susan Schulman (The Secret...
Trends &Amp; events.(Brief Article)(Statistical Data Included)
Portland, Ore.: "When you put live performance on video, you have no idea where it will end up," marvels Gary Cole, president of StageDirect, a nine-month-old company that films fringe and alternative theatre productions for distribution on video....
Twenty questions.(Eliza Rose Fichter)(Brief Article)(Interview)
Eliza Rose Fichter's acting season culminated last may with a special citation from Boston's Elliot Norton awards for her performances in reason, one flea spare, the miracle worker and the Russian tea party the acclaimed actress will turn 13 in...
When 9/11 Is History. (from the Executive Director).(Brief Article)
Knowing that this editorial will appear in September--when editors and writers reflect on the first anniversary of 9/11--makes this a more daunting task than usual. How will others make sense of these events? How many of these stories will emphasize...
Where Do We Live. (American Theatre Playscript).(related Article: Writing Honestely about the Other)(Interview)(Play)
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT Christopher Shinn was born in Hartford and lives in New York. His other plays include Four (Royal Court, Manhattan Theatre Club), Other People (Royal Court, Playwrights Horizons), The Coming World (Soho Theatre, London) and...
Words from the Threshold. (News).(Polish Drama festival)(Brief Article)
I have been thinking a great deal about what to tell you before I exit my job as director of ITI-U.S. In particular, I've pondered one of our field's abiding mysteries: How do you prepare artists for a theatre that doesn't yet exist? Coincidentally,...