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. 11, No. 2, February

Abraham through a Crystal Ball
By the time Steve Reich and Beryl Korot's The Cave premiered in New York, in Brooklyn Academy's 1993 Next Wave series in October, so much had already been written about it that there seemed little left to discover. The piece opened last year in Vienna...
Alexander Meets with Theatre Professionals at Forum
Artistic health, institutional stability and the role of the federal government were the subjects of a Nov. 29 forum hosted by TCG at New York University, convened to enable theatre artists and managers to share their concerns about the current state...
All You Need Is Love
Theatre-history textbooks of the next century may record 1992-94 as the time when a most unlikely playwright--a mannered, aristocratic 18th-century Frenchman known as Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux--first entrenched himself in the American repertoire....
Are Locusts Next?
Floods and fires play havoc with theatres' economic stability July was the cruelest of months for the Iowa Summer Rep. Instead of audience members' vehicles, the weekend of July 10 saw the parking lot of the Iowa City theatre filled with assorted carp...
By Piaf Possessed
As a teacher of singing for musically untrained theatre majors at Columbia College in Chicago, I've observed that the most daunting obstacle novice singers face isn't lack of talent or technique. It's lack of confidence--a paralyzing fear of failure...
Don't Blame Democracy
Productivity in most sectors has improved dramatically in the past 200 years, but not in jobs such as the arts, teaching, law and health care, which require a high level of personal input. For those working in such jobs to have anything like a contemporary...
Get to Know Your Demons
This is why things burn--because people lose hope," a character says in Marlane Meyer's new play at San Francisco's Magic Theatre, moments before setting the body of his girlfriend on fire. Why Things Burn is about the incendiary power of people's inner...
Grave Matters
A poor scholar and the daughter of a wealthy man fall in love. But she is betrothed against her will to another, and the scholar dies in anguish. Then, on her wedding day, he returns in the form of a dybbuk--a discontented spirit of the dead that resides...
Gregory Boyd: A Man of Mode
You can't help but notice Gregory Boyd's sense of style. Whether he's in an elegant Upper East Side hotel suite (complete with baby grand piano) in Manhattan or his windowless, black-and-gray, high-tech Houston office furnished with sleek furniture and...
Making Sound Waves
What do these celebrated stage plays and films have in common: A Man for All Seasons, Under Milk Wood, Alfie, The Mousetrap, Voyage Round My Father and Wings? All of them began life as radio dramas for the BBC. American playwrights should take a cue...
Peter Zeisler Sets Retirement Plans
Peter Zeisler, executive director of Theatre Communications Group for the past 22 years, has announced his plans to retire in 1995. Zeisler, who has led the national theatre organization since 1972, said that he promised the board in 1990 that he would...
Pterodactyls
TODD: We don't have a dog. ARTHUR: Maybe your sister. TODD (On the floor, sorting through the bones): I think this house was built on a burial ground. ARTHUR: So what? TODD: Or maybe there's been a murder. ARTHUR: What are you talking about? About...
Rediscovering the Mechanics of Life
When V.H. Meyerhold was killed and designated a non-person by the Soviets sometime around 1939, it may have seemed to the director's adherents that his revolutionary system of kinetic movement for the stage--biomechanics--had died with him. But last...
Rhodessa Jones: A Soul on Display
In the thrill of the moment at a dark and cozy venue somewhere in the South, a spectator hollers, "Get on with that big butt, gal!" And Rhodessa Jones, always on the money, purrs back, "You like it? I grew it myself, y'all." A strip tease? Sort of....
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Academic freedom is once again in the news, as a scandal rages in Texas--but this time, believe it or not, it is a scandal over alchemy. It seems that a Texas A&M University chemistry professor, who accepted a $200,000 grant to engage in research...
The Sunny Side of Joyce Carol Oates
In a new romantic comedy, the novelist-turned-playwright discovers a lighter vein. Joyce Carol Oates has always been drawn to the underside of the American imagination. Serial killers, rapists and youth gangs stalk the pages of her novels, and scenes...