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. 15, No. 6, July-August

A Feast of Lorca
A spate of international productions serve up the passionate depths of Garcia Lorca's plays Three days before opening night, New York's Gramercy Park Theater is dark inside. It's so black you have to feel your way down the aisle. Then a soft, dream-like...
An Author Is an Author Is an Author
Collaborators don't own a play, declares a cadre of playwrights Editor's note: In an attempt to contribute to the debate engendered by dramaturg Lynn Thomson's lawsuit claiming co-authorship of Rent (see page 55), a number of playwrights, all members...
Bricks, Asphalt and Language
An interview with the playwright by Wendy Weiner You trained as an actor. What drew you to solo performance? I actually wasn't drawn to solo performance as a genre. It's just that I felt that, as an actor, nothing in theatre, film or TV was reflecting...
Dinner with Friends
People are sick and the American family is a lemon. This was the resounding thematic consensus running through the morbid but frequently thrilling lineup at the 22nd annual Humana Festival at the Actor's Theatre of Louisville in late March. Perhaps...
First Thoughts
Even before my official start date at TCG, I was fortunate to attend a weekend in Tarrytown, N.Y., with recipients of the TCG/Pew National Residency grants. For two days, unaffiliated artists and organizational leaders came together to discuss collaboration....
Haunts of the Very Irish
Conor McPherson, the 26-year-old Irish playwright destined to give O'Casey a run for his money, scours the spooky landscapes of his childhood and unearths a fresh, new idiom Conor McPherson sits across from me at a small table near the front of Joe...
Ivey's in, but NEA's Prospects Remain Uncertain
The new chairman is confirmed swiftly with no public hearings Late in the evening of May 21, just hours before it was about to embark on a Memorial Day break, the Senate unanimously confirmed President Clinton's nomination of William J. Ivey as the...
Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop
About the Playwright Danny Hoch performed his Obie Award-winning solo show Some People, directed by Jo Bonney, at New York City's Performance Space 122 and New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, as well as in Austria, Cuba and Scotland, where...
Les Trois Dumas
History and imagination lock horns in Charles Smith's Dumas saga Before there was James Cameron, there was Alexandre Dumas pere. The entertainment formula at work in Cameron's Titanic - faithfully reconstructed historical setting plus modern romance...
Phylicia Rashad
The distinguished actress tackles a dangerous role in Atlanta In the Alliance Theatre of Atlanta's spring production of Medea, when the Messenger arrived to tell the sorceress that her poisons had turned her husband's new lover into a bloody, smoking...
Shadows over Ireland
The century's newest crop of Irish playwrights, led by Martin McDonagh and Conor McPherson, is cocky, cosmopolitan and conservative in form - and gloomy by nature The most obvious reaction to the fact that Irish playwrights are currently in vogue in...
Shakespeare in a Strange Land
Is the playwright of eternal pertinence always our contemporary? Does he really need to be? When, in 1964, the Polish critic Jan Kott dubbed Shakespeare "our contemporary," the label stuck. Shakespeare's relevance was nearly tautological; he'd never...
Someone Lovely This Way Comes
Audra McDonald journeys from Fresno to Ragtime and gets crowned Broadway's favorite ingenue in the process Actress-singer Audra McDonald speaks with her hands. "I'm a little bit crazed right now, edgy, she says, her hands,fluttering around her face....
Springtime for Tennessee
The city Williams loved best throws him a party The timing was auspicious for this spring's edition of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, a genteel but substantive annual talkfest that has become a staple of the Crescent City's cultural...
The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek
Two toothsome plays take a bite out of Humana People are sick and the American family is a lemon. This was the resounding thematic consensus running through the morbid but frequently thrilling lineup at the 22nd annual Humana Festival at the Actor's...