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. 11, No. 5-6, May-June

Brava Bucks the Status Quo; New Work by Women Is the San Francisco Company's Special Province
Inside a sturdy brick structure that once housed a paper factory in San Francisco's Mission District, nine women are limbering up in a tiny studio theatre, heads lolling on shoulders, unshod feet pattering the bare wood floor. The students are here,...
Don't Touch That Musical
I recently attended a panel sponsored" by the Drama Desk in New York which was concerned with the issue of how much latitude contemporary directors and designers should have in dealing with the original material of existing musicals. The main question...
Dream on Monkey Mountain
Near the end of Derek Walcott's Dream on Monkey Mountain at the Guthrie Theater, an ad hoc tribunal convicts a long list of dead white people - Aristotle, Plato, Shakespeare, Copernicus, Galileo, Ptolemy, Sir Francis Drake, Christopher Marlowe, Dante,...
Enter the Almeida
For a 300-seat theatre tucked away in north Loadon's Islington, the Almeida has become a British powerhouse, as Broadway is now discovering with the New York transfer of its 1992 Medea. Though one could split hairs about which Almeida venture ought...
Expanding the Landscape
For me, one of the most compelling theatrical events has always been walking into the New York Shakespeare Festival's Public Theater on almost any night that two or more of the spaces are in use. The excitement - the energy - is palpable in the lobby...
Framing the Fantasy: Amsterdam's Dogtroep Brings Street Theater to New Heights
Frankly," asserts Jane Nicholl Sahlins, director of the International Theatre Festival of Chicago, "it's not like anything one has ever seen before." "It" is Dogtroep, the Dutch group whose site-specific spectacles come off as a cross between Samuel...
Home Is Where the Heart Is
Playwright Cheryl West can tell you about a family she knew from Chicago in which the mother was a drug addict One Christmas, high as a kite, the woman sold her children's toys on the streets and used the money to buy crack cocaine. West, a former...
Ibsen in a Box
I suppose we should all be grateful to television. The most massive of the mass media has, after all, made it possible for millions of people to see a wide range of dramatic literature - a larger exposure for Shakespeare in one night, say, than Ashland...
Judd Hirsch: Willy and Me
At a quarter to eight, I rush into the Play-Makers Repertory Theatre in Chapel Hill, N.C., glad to have arrived in time for this evening's performance of Death of a Salesman. I'm feeling a lot like Willy Loman myself after driving 400 miles of I-85...
Naked under the Kilt (a Fringe Benefit): An Imaginary Conversation between Ellen Hulkower and Her Ma
For even the most seasoned theatregoer, wandering the streets of Edinburgh during the Festival can be as exhilarating and over-whelming as a stroll through a bazaar in Istanbul. During the last weeks of August every year, this staid Scottish capital...
Painting the Stage
Playwright Jose Cruz Gonzalez's Harvest Moon presents a picture of migrant farm workers' lives in the most literal sense possible during each performance of the play, now having world premiere at Seattle's Group Theatre through May 8, the family centered...
Pat Murphy Sheehy: Source of Inspiration
Washington, D.C. is overrun with two things every summer: mosquitoes and theatre. The cause of the former is the swampland on which our nation's capital rests. The latter owes its existence to a kinder, gentler Source - the Source Theatre Company,...
Prayers and Dreams
Our way of working can be compared to the work of visual artists," Stacy Klein explains. "You need time to find your way and your craft." Klein is discussing Double Edge theatre - the 12-year-old, seven-member company she helped found and of which...
Sekou Sundiata: An Adaptable Seer
A few soul-binding revolutions of salsero Eddie Palmieri into this witch's tit of a New Year's Eve, and it seems just possible to reconstruct the whole history of a people through partying. You only need observe poet/performance artist Sekou Sundiata,...
Sink or Swim: Theaters in New Mexico, Illinois and California Hit Rough Water
New Mexico Repertory Theatre, the state's only Equity theatre, closed in mid-January, following a closed-door meeting of the theatre's board. The board cited a lack of funds and slow ticket sales as the reasons for the closing. Founded in 1983, the...
The Education of Don Juan
Mention Don Juan these days and what comes to mind? The image of an insecure womanizer, running up his macho stats? A handsome bully, wielding his venereal knife? A pathologically latent homosexual? Clarence Thomas? In a time when sexual discourse...
The Two Sides of Wonder
The sciences and arts co-exist easily (in individuals and institutions because share, on the one hand, a sense of wonder and curiosity, and on the other, disciplined and rigorous training and a joy in problem-solving. Joe Haldeman, an author of science...
Women at the Helm
It has been so gradual a revolution, so long overdue, so inevitable, that very little media hype has greeted it. Yet slowly, quietly, without manifestos or banners or victory marches, a changing of the guard has begun in the American regional theatre...