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. 29, No. 3, March

20 Questions
Since Bill Pullman began his professional acting career on the New York stage in 1983, he has appeared in more than 60 films. On Broadway, he created the role of Martin in Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? and played opposite Julia Stiles...
A Chef of One's Own
LIKE ANY CHEF WORTH HIS SALT THESE DAYS, RICK BAYLESS HAS HAD to master the medium: television. And while he is not as bouncy as Giada Be Laurentiis nor as in-your-face as Gordon Ramsay, he's at ease on camera, singularly persuasive in his ability...
Commemorative Compendiums: Printing an Archival Book Celebrates a Theatre's History While Telling a Story-And Looking Ahead
WITH SO MANY THEATRE COMPANIES ACROSS the U.S. passing new milestones every year, it would be impossible for American Theatre to cover them all and have room for other articles. (If the magazine had an anniversary section, it would read like a Facebook...
David Wheeler: 1925-2012
* Life-altering teachers become voices in your head. It's the way they keep teaching you, long after you've left the classroom. They get inside your brain and set up shop, firing off questions that become your questions, etching synaptic pathways that...
Deep Impact
NATIONWIDE: Single-ticket buyers are more passionate than loyal subscribers; theatres should sell audiences on a play's story, not the talent behind it; post-show talkbacks are a must. These are just a few of the takeaways from "Understanding the...
Escape from Neutrality: A Designer of Theatres Visits 4 Great Perform Spaces You Have to See before You Die
THROUGH A DENSE FOG, THE LAST LIGHT OF evening faded away through an enormous window high on the back wall. Jarring atonal music tilled the room as, out of the fog, a troop of soldiers in 19th-century uniforms appeared, marching determinedly toward...
Felder, Not Alone Anymore
The man behind the piano is stepping out to take center stage--and this time, there's an orchestra behind him. "You could call it oratorio-like, but I am actually acting out the story and running around while the music plays," says Hershey Felder,...
From Artists to Archives: A Grotowski Update
After 20 years in its headquarters in the historic center of Wroclaw, Poland, the Grotowski Institute--devoted to continuing the practical and theoretical work of the late theatrical innovator Jerzy Grotowski--has expanded into a larger facility a...
Full-Color Coward
NEW YORK CITY: Possibly the most revealing new discovery in "Star Quality: The World of Noel Coward." an exhibit exploring the life and work of the English playwright/songwriter/actor that runs March 12-Aug.18 at the New York Public Library for the...
God of Carnage: Huntington Theatre Company
Daniel Goldstein, DIRECTION: Despite its popularity, I'd never seen or read God of Carriage before directing this production, so it felt-like a completely new experience. Our view was that the Novaks, in whose home the play takes place, are the kind...
Havana Royalty
MICHAEL DONALD EDWARDS knows that his latest Shakespeare project--a retooled Hamiet, with the subtitle Prince of Cuba, performed in English and Spanish--"is a little lunatic. But," he adds, "it's a passionate lunacy." During his live years as producing...
How to Do O'Neill, Sans Dialogue
Eugene O Neill was a dark, intense, obsessive man who wrote dark, intense, obsessive plays with dark, intense, obsessive stage directions. New York Neo-Futurists member Christopher Loar delved into O'Neill's works and found the funny. Loar's riotous...
If Momma Was Married (to Mamma): The Hot-Button Issue of Marriage Equality Is the Topic Du Jour in a Varied Spate of New Plays
On July 25, 2011--the day after gay marriage became legal in New York State--three same-sex couples stood on the stage of Broadway's St. James Theatre. They were flanked by the cast of Hair, who had just finished that evenings performance. As more...
In Sickness and in Health: When Life Imitates Art, a Playwright's Work and Family Life Nurture Each Other in Surprising Ways
IN FEBRUARY 2010 I WAS 40 PAGES INTO A NEW script, a play about a baby with a rare and mysterious illness, when my then 11-month-old son was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with one. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The original inspiration for...
Joseph Zettelmaier Never the Same Play Twice: By Stretching His Imagination with Each New Script, the Playwright Has Become a Michigan Mainstay
IN 1991, THE ZETTELMAIER FAMILY MOVED from Indiana to Chelsea, Mich. That same year, a Chelsea-horn-and-bred movie star walked through the celluloid, past the auditorium and onto the streets of his hometown to create the Purple Rose Theatre Company....
Joshua Dachs Is the Guy Who Kicked the Hornet's
JOSHUA DACHS IS THE GUY WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S nest. The New York City--based theatre designer had some surprisingly critical things to say in the January issue of American Theatre about one of the nation's most common theatrical configurations--the...
More Downtown Drama
LOS ANGELES: When the Latino Theater Company took Over Operations at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in 2006, it looked like both the company and the venue had finally achieved peace. The tumultuous history of the two organizations stretches back to...
Outside/inside
THEATRE HAS ALWAYS THRIVED ON THE TENsion between our public -and private selves. As members of an audience, we laugh and cry together, moved by the current of mutual empathy. Yet theatregoing is also intensely private: As one of many huddled together...
Reading Broadway's Lifeline
NEW YORK CITY: It was 20 years ago that producer Ken Davenport arrived in New York and became a Broadway "lifer." And, as he showed with then-and-now slides during his opening presentation at the TEDxBroadway conference, held at Manhattan's New World...
Teeth and Sympathy: Amy Herzog Balances the Political and the Personal in Her Dialogue-Rich Play
On a squally December day, playwright Amy Herzog curls around a mug of hot chocolate. She is small, fine-boned and still slender even in the fourth month of pregnancy. Her burgundy blouse sets off the paleness of her skin-eyes and bobbed hair. Her...
The Job That Got Away
"THE TWO THINGS I LIKE WRITING about are the two things that you're not supposed to bring up," says Chicago-based playwright Jayme McGhan. "Religion and politics." But with The Fishernan, now premiering at Stage Left Theatre (a 30-year-old company...
The Last Minstrel Show? Telling the Tragic Tale of the Scottsboro Boys with Happy-Go-Lucky Minstrelsy May Show Audacity, but It Lacks Empathy
"IN ISLAMIC CULTURES, THEY WORSHIP THE Prophet Muhammad." [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] That simple utterance amounted to only about three seconds out of a two-hour musical--Holiday Jubilee, a festive December production at Crossroads Theatre Company...