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. 27, No. 8, October

20 Questions
New York playwright DAVID IVES continues his long association with director Walter Bobbie as Venus in Fur, presented at Classic Stage Company last season, goes to Broadway in early 2011. Bobbie will also helm Ives's The School for Lies, a new adaptation...
2 Sister-Plays and a Cubano
WHAT PROPELS PRESTON, A HANDSOME GRINGO from Portland who now heads Havana's tourist commission, to ask Belen, a young Cuban actress, to engage in fantasy role-playing games? In The Color of Desire, Nilo Cruz's suggestive and erotic play at Actors'...
Angels and Demons Vie in Colorado Springs: A Theatrical Epic Thrives in America's Mecca for Evangelicals
"THIS HIS IS PROBABLY THE ONLY FLIGHT WHERE you get to land and go on a roller-coaster ride at the same time!" a fellow passenger shouts to me across the aisle as I turn green upon a bumpy descent into Colorado Springs on a wind-swept Thursday last...
Back to Alabama with Cleage and Baldwin: 2 Southern Playwrights Get Personal with the History of the Civil Rights Movement
AMERICA'S COLLECTIVE MEMORY OF THE CIVIL Rights Movement is catalogued from a public database of headlines and photographs, marches and boycotts, martyrs and villains. We sometimes forget that in the inner sanctums of cities such as Selma, Atlanta...
Bucharest, Romania
ROMANIAN NATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL: In the 20th edition there are--count them!--22 tantalizing productions to take in during the main-event Romanian showcase. Some comment directly on Romanian politics, such as Gianina Carbunariu's docu-drama 20/20,...
Charlie Flynn-McIver and Scott Treadway: Western North Carolina's Funniest Acting Team Unites Disparate Talents and Audiences
LIKE BOB HOPE AND BING CROSBY, Charlie Flynn-McIver and Scott Treadway have taken to the road together. And while the road between Flat Rock and Asheville in North Carolina may not be as far-flung as the road to Morocco, the aesthetic distance may...
Danny Scheie: More Than a Match for Lavatch (Annotated)
On Sunday, June 13, 2010, Peter Filichia, a theatre critic of the New Jersey Star-Ledger. awarded San Francisco Bay Area acting favorite Danny Scheie the first unofficial "New Jersey Tony" for best featured actor in a play. 'The role was Nick Bottom...
Dublin, Ireland
ULSTER BANK DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Several strands of programming make up this very busy festival. A Polish showcase--T.E.O.R.E.M.A.T., written and directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna; the Warhol-devoted Factory 2, written and directed by Krystian Lupa;...
Funny Ha Ha: Chicago's Second City Produces Local Laughs on a National Scale
I HAD AN ACTING TEACHER IN ROME WHO, AFTER I made a pun in Italian, remarked: "You English speakers have such a different sense of humor, with your wordplay and puns. We don't quite have the same thing ... For Italians, comedy is much more about a...
Got (Free) Tix? across the Country
This country's biggest free-theatre-ticket bonanza is set for Thursday, Oct. 14. (Or thereabouts--several troupes are giving away free tickets for more than one night; some freebies last an entire month.) Now in its sixth consecutive year, the Free...
Holly Twyford: D.C. Audiences Swoon, Whether She's Playing Shakespeare or a Tap-Dancing Pig
HELEN HAYES AWARD VOTERS REALLY, REALLY liked Holly Twyford last year. The Washington, D.C., actress was nominated not once but thrice in the leading actress category. How's a poor panel of judges to choose? You'd think Twyford would have split...
In Defense of 'Ruined': 5 Elements That Shape Lynn Nottage's Masterwork
1. Salima Seated in the living room of the brownstone in Brooklyn where she grew up and still lives, surrounded by the African and African-American art her parents collected, Lynn Nottage is talking about Ruined. She lays emphasis on a precept that...
Jennifer Childs: Does This Tutu Make Me Look Funny? No, Seriously!
ALL JENNIFER CHILDS WANTED AS A KID WAS TO be like Vivien Leigh. A Great Actress. Dramatic. Serious. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "But then ... I also wanted to be in a Bugs Bunny cartoon," the comedienne confesses. "I really wished that when people...
Laughter in a Wired World
IT'S A BEAUTIFUL, SUNNY, LOW-HUMIDITY DAY, and I am trying to avoid my BlackBerry. In fact, I've hidden it from myself and hope that I will succeed in bringing on the forced amnesia that will be required to keep myself from finding it. The good news...
Meet the Band
IS THE RENALDO THE ENSEMBLE A ROCK BAND OR A THEATRE COLLECTIVE? Is it an ensemble of musicians who act? Or actors who write music? [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Whatever you want to call it, this genre-defying crew can be seen twice a month, when...
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
PLATE-FORME FESTIVAL: It's edition six of the Francophone-African residency phenomenon Recreatrales, which has involved the participation of some 450 artists since its 2002 inception. Over time, the organizers have broken the process down into two,...
Palestine, New Mexico: Culture Clash/center Theatre Group
Richard Montoya, PLAYWRIGHT: Palestine, New Mexico is an exploration of the Sephardic Jewish roots of my family in New Mexico, set against the background of the current war in Afghanistan. It's about tribal wars, bloodlines, the homeland--and in the...
Present Laughter: Playwrights Are Amping Up the Camp, the Surreal, the Loosey-Goosey
TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES. Environmental disasters. Wars, famine, plagues. American democracy going to hell in a handbag. Lord, we need some laughs. We might even require round-the-clock, intravenous laughter therapy when the going gets toughest. ...
Qui Nguyen: His Genre-Bending Shows Are Rock-'Em-Sock-'Em Mash Notes to Pop Culture
IF THIS WERE THE BEGINNING OF A QUI NGUYEN PLAY, it would probably start with a high school dweeb accidentally opening a gateway to Hell. Or a ninja-style throwdown between two Manhattan street roughs and a Brooklyn gang lord. There would be a gleeful...
Scott Shepherd Has It Happened Yet? the Actor Brings His Experimental Bona Fides Home with a Marathon 'GATZ'
WHEN THE PROTEAN NEW YORK THEATRE ACTOR Scott Shepherd, playing The Great Gatsby narrator Nick Car-raway, reaches the contemplative conclusion of GATZ--the six-hour, word-for-word adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's landmark American novel now playing...
Season Preview 2010-11: A Comprehensive Listing of Productions, Dates and Directors at TCG Theatres Nationwide
Schedule changes and additions are common in the course of a season, so readers are encouraged to contact theatres directly for updated information. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This year's Top 10 list touts an impressive eight newcomers to the annual...
Slings and Arrows Galore
THOUGH MANY DIRECTORS WOULD JUMP AT THE chance, the prospect of directing Shakespeare at the celebrated Oregon Shakespeare Festival wasn't what interested acclaimed writer/director Ping Chong. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] But staging an adaptation...
The Advent of American Theatre's Oversized October
Season Preview issue signals that the nation's new theatre season has shifted into high gear. For us personally--the magazine's five-member editorial staff and equally minimal production and advertising team--it's time to take a deep breath and pat...
The Center May Hold (Again)
LOS ANGELES: In 1991, the Latino Theatre Company staged a lock-in at the cavernous four-theatre complex that was Los Angeles Theatre Center to protest its closing, after just six years of existence (and $27 million in city funds). Now the company has...
The Dancer and the Backlash: An Acclaimed South Asian Actor and Classical Dancer Seeks to Awaken U.S. Audiences to What Is Happening in Gujarat
ALMOST NINE YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE THE Gujarat riots broke out in late February 2002--one of the worst episodes of Hindu-Muslim violence in the history of independent India. And yet the South Asian theatre artist who bravely took a stand against state...
Thomas Bradshaw: In His Universe, Being Earnest Is of the Utmost Importance
"MY WORK CAN LOOK LIKE PINTER," warns Thomas Bradshaw, the preppily dressed 30-year-old playwright, "but it's definitely not." Observe the author's note that graces the beginnings of Bradshaw plays. Author's note: All characters should be played...
Trip Cullman: Things Get Funnier, the Director Figures, When There's Clarity in the Chaos
AS THE BOOZE-AND-BITTERNESS-FUELED FRENEMIES OF LESLYE HEADLAND'S BACH elorette lurch into various confessions, it surfaces that one character had previously helped another terminate an unwanted pregnancy. Upon learning this, a third friend rouses...
War Knocks, and Life Is Deer
NEW YORK CITY: Jan Lauwers paints. He takes photos. He draws. He creates installations and sculptural objects. He makes films. He directs opera and Shakespeare. With an international ensemble of Brussels-based actors and dancers, he devises original...
What's So Funny?
YOU'LL MORE THAN LIKELY STUMBLE UPON RIFFS AND ANTIC STUFF IN THIS ANNUAL OVERSIZED [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Season Preview issue that will crack a smile--or elicit a titter or guffaw or shriek. That's because we're anticipating 2010-11 through...