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. 12, No. 3, March

A Stake in Utopia
Theatre's back-to-the-land movement comes of age in northern California The generation that brought us guerilla theatre, bio-regionalism and compost is well on its way to being grandparents. Long gone are the days when you could move out to the Coast...
Barney Who?
Hate speech is not only filling the airwaves of talk radio - in recent days it has ascended to Capitol Hill. Just how far the level of civil discourse has fallen was demonstrated by Dick Armey when he referred to his fellow congressman, Barney Frank,...
Benvenuto, Eduardo
A small but loyal contingent of theatre artists are working to make the Italian playwright Eduardo De Filippo (1900-1984) a household name - or at least a more familiar one. After having been produced only sporadically in the American repertoire - and,...
Ching Valdes-Aran: Name Recognition
Some instances of actors changing their names to hide their ethnic room have become legendary: Perske became Bacall, Schwarz became Curtis, at least one Estevez became Sheen. When Philippine-born Ching Valdes began to pursue an acting career in New York...
Commedia Unbound
As a self-proclaimed reformer of the 18th-century theatre, Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni (1707-1793) made a conscious attempt to revise the old and, to his eyes, floundering commedia dell'arte tradition into something more naturalistic and recognizably...
Congress Hears NEA Pros and Cons
Heston and Hodsoll turn thumbs up, while 2 former Endowment chairmen go for the kill In an odd twist of fate, conservative actor Charlton Heston and Reagan-era NEA chairman Frank Hodsoll - whose Republican politics were once considered adversarial to...
Craig Noel: In Praise of Continuity
One world war (1941-45), two stage facilities torched by arsonists (1978 and 1984), three-and-twenty San Diego identity crises: The Old Globe Theatre and its executive director Craig Noel have been through a lot together. Noel's word for their 60-year...
Forging Links: An Interview with the Playwright
Could you describe your impulse to turn from writing poetry to writing plays? Well, I often take on other dramatic voices in my poems, sometimes historical voices. This play grew out of a poem I'd written, "A Kentucky Soldier in the Saudi Desert on...
Gabriel Berry: No Slave to Reality
Costume designer Gabriel Berry often seems to be working everywhere at once. This season she's designing costumes for eight very different major productions from Houston Grand Opera's Harvey Milk (which premiered in Texas in January and arrives in New...
How to Sledgehammer Theatre
Step 1. Make It a Verb "We're not 'the' Sledgehammer Theatre. We're 'Sledgehammer Theatre.' We're a verb." - Ethan Feerst, Sledge-hammer Theatre's producer and executive director. Don't just act; act upon. "I think they're aptly named. If I were to...
In the Heart of America
REMZI: I went to the refugee camp nearby but I couldn't speak the language. I could point, though. CRAVER: We went on alert a couple of times. Lucky we didn't start without you. REMZI: A Palestinian farmer explained to me that there are three varieties...
Mambo Jumbo
Culture Clash listens to Miami's many voices, and Miami listens back There were no riots in Miami last year. So when Culture Clash, the Los Angeles-based Chicano comedy theatre trio, traveled there to create a portrait of the city, it wasn't to explore...
Striking Back
During the many months that the exploits of John Wayne Bobbitt and O.J. Simpson have pervaded television, the press, comedy clubs and the occasional opinion poll, somehow the allusions to spousal abuse underlying both cases have receded into the background....
The Madness of George III
On the face of it, it must have seemed mad to make a film out of The Madness of George III, Alan Bennett's 1991 Royal National Theatre hit play about the Hanoverian monarch whose loss of "the colonies" made the United States possible. The National production,...
The Muses of Terrence McNally
MUSIC AND MORTALITY ARE HIS CONSUMING THEMES Terrence McNally sits patiently, helping the photographer pick white fuzzies, residue from a stripped-off sweatshirt, from the shoulders of his dark green shirt. The Manhattan Theatre Club rehearsal room...
The New Narcotic
Seven Americans - men and women, young and middle-aged, white and black - appear on the stage of the Moscow Art Theatre. They are acting their own real-life dramas - telling the true stories of how they became drug-addicts, alcoholics and prostitutes;...
The Singing Pope
What if the pope was a woman? Legend has it there was a woman pope, sometime around 855 A.D. Of course, no one knew at the time that Pope John was actually Pope Joan - not until he gave birth to a child in a narrow street near the Lateran and was ignominiously...
Vincent Woods: A New Old Irish Voice
It was a long time ago and it was not a long time ago.... It was a time when to go east was to go west, when to go south was to go north, when people sang songs at a wake and cried when a child was born. It was in a land where the sun never rose and...