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. 4, April

12 Artists and Theatres Receive Residency Grants. (News from TCG)
Twelve playwrights and theatres have been selected in the latest round of NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights, developed and administered by TCG in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts and with additional support from...
Al Hirschfeld: 1903-2003. (in Memoriam)
Willard Mullin, the great sports cartoonist for the New York World Telegram, was once asked how he felt about all the other sports cartoonists who copied him. Mullin's response was: "They can copy me line for line but not thought for thought." It was...
Awards & Prizes
Five artists and two theatres took home prizes from the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation's seventh annual awards ceremony in February at New York's 21 Club. Composer/lyricist collaborators Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen, lyricist Nell Benjamin,...
Battle on the Bayou. (Front and Center: Fairfax, VA)
There's an old adage about Southerners," says composer David Maddox. "When you get a group of them together, the conversation always eventually turns to snakes." This being the case, it's not surprising that Maddox and his frequent collaborator...
Body Heat: Five American Director-Choreographers Break Down the Steps That Lead to Sex, Love, Intimacy and Erotic Tension. (Women on Eroticism)
One of the defining aspects of theatrical dance is its power to communicate a complex set of human emotions through the body. But what do director-choreographers look for when they attempt to depict sexual desire through dance? In dance terms, is eroticism...
Editor's Note
Eroticism in the theatre: the perfect topic for one of American Theatre's thematic special sections, we figured. Here's a subject not only provocative but substantive, a subject grounded in the theatre's essential nature--in the body and presence of...
Entrances & Exits
Poet, critic and educator Dana Gioia, President Bush's pick to head the National Endowment for the Arts, has been unanimously confirmed by the Senate. Upon his confirmation, Gioia said, "I am eager to get started. Leading the National Endowment for...
File Under: "Head, off with Critic's". (Trends & Events)
St. Paul, Minn.: Theatre critics are the butt of jokes in many satirical plays about the theatre--in Tom Stop-pard's comedy The Real Inspector Hound a lead critic dies on stage, delighting the second-stringer. But nobody has been brazen enough to write...
Give Peace a Chance. (Trends & Events)
Around the country: Just say no. That's what artists and activists urged on March 3 in roughly 1,000 national and international read-ins of Aristophanes just-say-no play Lysistrata. The brainchild of New York City actors Kathryn Blume and Sharron Bower,...
In Memoriam
Broadway producer and theatre owner Lester Osterman died in January at the age of 88. The three-time Tony winner (for 1974's A Moon for the Misbegotten, 1977's The Shadow Box and 1978's Da) began his career as a Wall Street broker but discovered a...
Is There Satire after High School? (New York City)
BEFORE ESCAPING THE MASS ORGY OF angst, humiliation and self-doubt that is high school, one must suffer appalling rites of passage: an awkward pageantry of big hair and bad tans (the prom), written permission to excrete bodily toxins (hall passes)...
Jeremy Dobrish Pop-Culture Puck: Maturity Pursues a Scrappy Director-Producer. (Profiles)
The door-prize this season is a pair of pointy Fun-Gum fangs--the better to suck your blood, my dear!--which serve as ticket stubs to aid your entry into the Transylvanian portals of Todd Miller's Ghoul, Adobe Theater Company's newest offering. But...
Play on Terrorism Stirs Controversy in Cincinnati. (Trends & Events)
In January, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park producing artistic director Edward Stern decided to suspend a planned tour of Paradise, a one-act by Glyn O'Mailey that had sparked both local controversy and national headlines. The play, which the Playhouse...
Recent Revelations. (from the Deputy Director)
The Performing Arts Research Coalition (PARC), a consortium of five national performing arts service organizations--the American Symphony Orchestra League, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Dance/USA, OPERA America and TCG--working with...
Stormy Weather: How a Climate of Rebellion, in Theatre and Society, Wrought the Death of Burlesque in 1969. (Women on Eroticism)
On the morning of Dec. 28, 1969, one of the last burlesque houses in America closed. In Kansas City, at 12th and Central, the Folly Theater was no more. It had served a generation of Americans after opening in 1942 for soldiers on leave. Tempest Storm,...
Twenty Questions for Erin Cressida Wilson
Playwright ERIN CRESSIDA WILSON, who wrote The Trail of Her Inner Thigh and The Erotica Project (with Lillian Ann Slugocki), is a theatre professor at Duke University and screenwriter of the current film Secretary. She is now at work on Photography...
Un-Reality TV. (Trends & Events)
Chicago: Out of the shadows of a rain-drenched alley, an Irish-American police officer emerges. His face is veiled by darkness, his outline looms large and imposing, but his voice sounds oddly familiar. "I've seen a lot of crimes in this city," the...
Vox Eroticus: In Singing the Voice Erotic, a World-Renowned Voice Teacher Lays Bare the Basic Instincts-An Anatomy-Of Theatre as a Verbal Art. (Women on Eroticism)
The voice is inherently an erotic organ. The sensation of voice is part of the totalized suspended eros of childhood--what Freud referred to as the polymorphous perverse world of childhood, upon whose delights we slam the door as adults. Children,...
Waking Lucia. (Philadelphia and New York City)
AFTER JAMES JOYCE WON THE U.S. censorship trial over his novel Ulysses, he received more telegraphs than ever congratulating him on his genius. That is, until his daughter, Lucia, cur the line. "I am the genius," she told him. Two new plays this...
We Play Harder: Theatre Artists Are Turning Pittsburgh's Conservatism into an Asset. (on the Scene: Pittsburgh)
Pittsburgh is a steel town. It will always be a steel town, though the steel industry is long gone. Its history has burned itself into the national consciousness as much as it still marks, like an outdated tattoo, the civic forearm. With the history...
Women in Flames: What Disqualifies a Woman in Pursuit of Passion? Age, of Course. (Women on Eroticism)
When I was approached about contributing an article to an issue of American Theatre focused on "Women on Eroticism," I immediately leapt at the opportunity. The editor on the other end of the line was thrilled, expecting, no doubt, a thoughtful piece...