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. 14, No. 10, December

Give Me Your Answer, Do!
In 1968, the Irish playwright Brian Friel declared in a lecture that the day of the "well-made play is gone." "These plays are finished," he said, "because we know that life is about as remote from a presentation-problem-resolution cycle as it can be."...
Istanbul Looking West: Art or Politics?
A Turkish festival mirrors the nation's cultural crisis Istanbul is as far east as one can go without leaving Europe. One does leave Europe, in fact - more than half the city is in Asia. But this summer s International Istanbul Theatre Festival had...
Leslie Ayvazian: From Second Base to Second Career
For 20 seasons, New York actor Leslie Ayvazian had weathered the accolades and insults of a career on and Off Broadway. During that time, however, she nursed a private passion for playwriting, filling volumes of notebooks with story ideas, bits of dialog,...
Peter and Wendy
For almost 45 years, J.M. Barrie's ode to lost innocence, Peter Pan, has been Americanized, Disneyfied and Mary Martin-ized. While there are certainly bits and pieces of these famous versions that are recommendable (it is hard to take issue with Cyril...
Shakespeare Bites the Bullet
An enormous ad discharges across two pages of the New York Times business section: a bullet, greatly enlarged, is caught by the camera as it rips through an apple. The caption reads "speed of light vs. bullet." Below, in smaller type: "in 0.0043 seconds,...
Theatre Facts 1996
The more things change, the harder they are to measure. Changes over the last few years in or mandated by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) are having a tremendous effect on not-for-profit companies,...
The Disney Difference
Geography isn't the only thing changing on 42nd Street The lights blink, the marquees beckon, the crowds mill as they always have. But anyone who hasn't visited Times Square in the past year can have no notion of how much it has changed. The city is...
The Iphigenia Cycle
Somewhere near the end of Euripi des' Iphigenia at Aulis, the title character realizes that there's not much to be gained from struggling against an impending violent death. Iphigenia's tortured father, Agamemnon, appears resolved to appease the goddess...
The News vs. the Muse
The NEA's American Canvas was distorted in the press Less than two weeks after Jane Alexander stepped down from her position as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, the agency released American Canvas, a sort of white paper on the health,...
The Selling of Ragtime
How Garth Drabinsky borrows from the movies to reinvent theatre marketing Is it all smoke and mirrors - or is Garth Drabinsky really the marketing genius that everybody says he is? On the evidence of the sales job he did on Ragtime (and on previous...