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. 5, May-June

Art's Progress
Economic imperatives, an arts patron argues, are not compatible with the evolution of culture Winton M. Blount, a former Postmaster General of the United States and Cabinet member under President Nixon, is currently chairman of the board of Blount,...
Bringing Uncle Tom Home
An Afro-centric Chagall painting" is how playwright and performer Bob Devin Jones described his new two-act monologue, Uncle Bends: a home-cooked negro narrative, to director Roberta Levitow when they first began work on the Sacramento Theatre Company's...
Children Should Hear and See: Theatre for Youth Flourishes in Seattle
I was a newcomer to Seattle, and had been on the job as theatre critic for the Seattle Times for only a couple of months, when it was suggested I review a new play - a dramatization of the classic L. M. Montgomery story "Anne of Green Gables" - at the...
Congress Says Howdy to NEA Boosters
Arts pros urge legislators to rethink damaging budget cuts Country-western star Garth Brooks brought a new approach to Advocacy Day in March, using his down-home persona to gain entry into some of the most powerful offices on Capitol Hill and urging...
Dan Hurlin
At a time when Clintonian democracy seems lost somewhere in Limbaugh, a radio talk-show studio may be a more powerful "bully pulpit" than the Oval Office. But America has always had its share of media bullies - pious preachers of the press - capable...
From Playing to Playwriting
New York's 52nd Project teaches kids how to write - and more We're a couple of hours north of New York City, sitting on bags of peat in the tall grass that surrounds a farmhouse. Four adult performers and the eight-year-old playwright, Anthony, are...
Hitch-Kick to Highgate
Troilus and Cressida may have more in common with Guys and Dolls than you think This will not be a dissertation on The Boys front Syracuse or Kiss Me Kate or West Side Story or Do Your Own Thing or The Rock-a-Bye Hamlet, although it well could be. As...
Ira Weitzman
Musical Theatre's Godfather What does Ira Weitzman do? Even people who have worked with him can't pin it down. He doesn't direct; he's neither a composer nor a librettist; and he's not a producers - exactly. But he's been crucial to the development...
More Than Words: An Interview with Mike Leigh
The English writer and director Mike Leigh is best known in this country for his recent films Naked, Life Is Sweet and High Hopes. For 25 years, however, he has developed an extensive body of work .for stage and film, all of it created from his own method...
Nancy Roche
A Personal Touch Unlike just about every other board member in the American regional theatre, Nancy Roche, president of the board of trustees at Baltimore's Center Stage, has her own office at the theatre. When asked about her achievements, Roche demurs,...
Say It, Sisters
The curtain rises on a genteel middle-class suburban living room. One-hundred-and-three-year-old Sadie Delany (played by Gloria Foster) greets the audience, welcoming the visitors to her home as younger sister Bessie (Mary Alice), 101 years of age, trundles...
The Multimedia Mirror
...the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and is to hold as 'twere the mirror up to nature. - Hamlet's instructions to the Players All the world's a monitor and people merely pixels. - William Cyberspeare Two new plays...
This Is Where the Life Is: Impressions of the New South Africa
I first met Barney Simon, the white South African who is the artistic director of Johannesburg's Market Theatre, one year ago, when he came backstage after a New York performance of my play Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. I found him unusually open and...
Your Place or Ours?
The Stage Manager, you remember, welcomes us into Grover's Corners with exquisite specificity. He points out all the churches - each denomination - town hall, the post office and jail, a row of stores, schools, houses, down to the burdock in Mrs. Gibbs's...