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. 10, December

Bain Boehlke
Miracle Worker Nine years ago on a beach in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, director Bain Boehlke got the idea to build a small storefront theatre in Minneapolis, his home town. It had been more than five years since Boehlke left the Children's Theatre Company,...
Candy Buckley
A Dallas Diva in New York Candy Buckley is a 42-year-old divorced mother and veteran of venerable acting companies assembled by Adrian Hall at the Dallas Theater Center and Robert Brustein at American Repertory Theatre - she's hardly the typical Broadway...
Castorf's Rebellion at the Volksbuhne
The massive Albert Speeresque battleship of a building that houses East Berlin's Volksbuhne Theater (affectionately dubbed Panzerkreuzer in German) has been the site of past theatre revolutions. Now, surrounded by a growing neighborhood of Americanized...
Conference of Rats
An assembly, a network, a movement, an argument, a rave, a celebration I walk in on a collaboration in progress. It's a sunny Friday afternoon in Allison's bright yellow kitchen crowded with copper pots, tchotchkes and a refrigerator covered with photos...
Coward in a Fit of Patriotism
The Shaw Festival has been going for more than 30 years at Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario. Its mandate is to perform the works of George Bernard Shaw and other plays written during his lifetime - not as restrictive a directive as it may at first seem,...
Fake Release Backfires
Congressional Republicans spread misinformation In a shocking contortion of the truth, staff aides of freshman congressman David Mcintosh (R-Ind.) falsified a news release to bolster efforts to pass controversial restrictions on the rights of nonprofit...
'Faust' Goes Pop
Randy Newman Puts a Slacker Spin on Goethe's Cosmic Hero Thus on our narrow boards shall you bestride The Whole Creation's prospect, far and wide, And travel cunning, swift as thought can tell, From Heaven through the world and down to hell. - Goethe's...
Happines, Chaos and Tom Stoppard
In Tom Stoppard's radio play, Where Are They Now?, the author's surrogate looks back nostalgically on his school days, and defines happiness as "a passing change of emphasis." A dozen years later, the protagonist of The Real Thing reiterates the statement...
Lonely Planet
About the Playwright Steven Dietz's works for the stage, which include God's Country, Handing Down the Names, Trust, Halcyon Days, Happenstance, Ten November, Boomtown, Foolin' Around with Infinity, Painting It Red and More Fun Than Bowling, have been...
Multiple Choices: Reaching out to Youth
Budgets are tight and commitment to social causes is under attack - but many theatres across the country are continuing to pursue varied and vigorous arts outreach programs designed to cultivate relationships with their surrounding communities. In cities...
NEA Cuts Staff, Streamlines Programs
New guidelines expected in January, with 4 categories only Staggering under a 40 percent budget cut, the National Endowment for the Arts took the painful steps necessary to implement a reduction in workforce that will eliminate 131 staff positions effective...
Sondheim and Furth's Triple Play
I'm a fragment of the day," sings a character in Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's 1976 musical Pacific Overtures. "If I weren't, who's to say/Things would happen here the way/That they're happening?" A central theme in Sondheim's body of work - which...
The Dangling Conversation
I recall a time when for me theatre was an escape, a place where new worlds better than the real one could be imagined and built, pushing away the clouds. Regardless of the race and rage, the contradictions of the outside state, I felt protected from...
The Misanthrope at Midlife
They're two of world literature's most famous lovers - irresistibly attracted and utterly incompatible, a dangerous liaison if ever there was one. He's obstinate, arrogant, devoted and demanding; she's beautiful, passionate, capricious and unable to...
Why I Write for Television
I'm heading west. Hollywood has crooked its finger at me, again, and even though I almost had a nervous breakdown out there a couple years ago, I'm going back to do a season in television. I'm one of those playwrights everyone worries about "losing"...