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. 13, No. 3, March

'Angels' in Utah
At Salt Lake Acting Company, Kushner's Mormon characters have special resonance Once in a great while a theatre company produces a show which it views as its apogee. For Utah's Salt Lake Acting Company, Tony Kushner's Angels in America, with its liberal...
An Inclination toward Embarrassment
In the early 1960s, while the Beatles were still scrounging for gigs in Liverpool and Hamburg, four of their countrymen were quietly fomenting a revolution of their own. The first fab four were Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Alan Bennett....
Changing the Rules
Washington's current winter sport - debating ideology and the role of government - grinds on with few clear wins and an increasingly nasty air of raw gamesmanship. In the last four months, our federal government has experienced nine stopgap spending...
Destiny's Disciple
Playwright Edwin Sanchez is determined to remind audiences that real lives and personalities are never as contained as the fictions framed by the rise and fall of a curtain. "I've heard people comment on a play by saying, 'I didn't like that moment,...
Egloff Riffs Russian
The Balkan crisis is raging, but at the Moscow home of a well-to-do army family, the maid demands a black velvet coat and scholars play badminton in the living room. The ladies of the house are more concerned with the poodles who died in a Crimean massacre...
I Can't Believe We Staged the Whole Thing
Adapting a novel for the stage is usually an act of radical surgery. The adapter's primary task is to cut away everything extraneous to the health of the dramatic narrative, no matter how compelling those eliminated passages may be on the page. Often,...
In Search of the American Myth
In the Americas, the world before the white man was woven by a spider. But modern America, the white man's America, was born in history, not in pre-history, so we have no gods. The God on the dollar bill is an eyeball, the eye of a camera, watching everything...
John Moran: Composing the Sounds for His Own Magic Kingdom
Composing the Sounds for His Own Magic Kingdom When I go there, I find myself in touch with the highest conceptual ideas. Their theatre craft is insanely imaginative." Composer John Moran is not talking about your local resident theatre. The object...
Monsters or Mainstay?
The rise of nonprofit arts centers is a paradox for resident companies Say you're a visitor attending theatre in downtown Cleveland. It might be convenient to check in at the sparkling new Wyndham's Hotel on Euclid Avenue, and park your car in the massive...
Natural Spins
An interview with the playwright by Stephanie Coen The play is set in what you call "the historical period of 1991," near the end of the Reagan-Bush years. Why? A big part of the play is having the liberal ideas Dennis and Susan have carried over from...
Nion's Last Tango
Richard Nixon is dead. Long live Tricky Dick. If Nixon was ripe for parody during his lifetime - one might say overripe, given his penchant for unintentional self-parody - in death the only President ever forced to resign has been a subject more of...
Riccardo Hernandez: Flexing His Minimalist Muscles
I don't like illusion. I don't like scenery," declares set designer Riccardo Hernandez in his offhandedly sunny manner. "What I like to do is go into a space and somehow keep it a true space, not turn it into a lie." This anti-illusionistic impulse...
The Monogamist
The Characters Jasmine Stone: cable-access host Dennis Jensen: poet Susan Barry: college professor Tim Hapgood: college student Sky Hickock: college student Place Various locations in Princeton, New Jersey and New York City. Time September 1991....
Three Places in Asia
In a trilogy of imagistic works, Ping Chong discovers seeds of the present in the East-West collisions of history. Ping Chong is a traveler. The new year finds the multi-faceted New York-based artist on the road again, in the midst of creating the most...
What's Race Got to Do with It?
As theatres take a fresh look at the African-American canon, it's time for new perspectives from both sides of the racial divide. America is experiencing a new black cultural renaissance, and nowhere is it more evident than on the nation's theatre stages....