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. 4, April

Art Objects
A favorite writer of mine, an animal trainer and philosopher, Vicki Hearne, has written of the acute awkwardness and embarrassment of those who work with magnificent animals, and find themselves at a moment of reckoning, summed up in those deep and difficult...
Campbell Scott: A Little More Than Kin ... Again
For pure performance panache, there is no better role for a twenty-something actor than the twenty-something Dane. Campbell Scott's portrayal of Hamlet in 1990 at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre (well-timed, at age 28, and well-suited to Scott's own blend...
Graciela Daniele's Garden of Dancerly Delights
Her Latin-flavored dance dramas are feverish fusions of tango, machismo, sex and death. There has seldom been a death more foretold. in the winter of 1994, Lincoln Center Theater announced that Gabriel Garcia Marquez's 1981 novella Chronicle of a Death...
Incorruptible: A Dark Comedy about the Dark Ages
Last January, two men visited a Philadelphia church to see a century-dead priest: St. John Neumann, America's first male saint. They weren't interested in buying a piece of Neumann's original glass coffin, or any of the items from the well-stocked gift...
Merle Debuskey: Behind Every Great Producer
If theatre producers were really the princes they think they are, then Merle Debuskey would be their Cardinal Richelieu. In his 48 years as a press agent, 25 of them as president of ATPAM, the union of theatrical publicists, Debuskey has stood behind...
New Glasses
Every year since 1975, TCG has dipped a figurative test tube into the metaphorical ocean of American nonprofit theatre to sample the life forms found there. After the liquid has been cultured in a petri dish and peered at under a microscope, good minds...
Slaughter City
"Capitalism," wrote Karl Marx, "comes dripping from head to foot, from every pore, with blood and dirt." Nowhere more so than in Naomi Wallace's new play, the blood-splattered Slaughter City, which is set on the kill floor of a meat-packing plant where...
That's Why They Call It the Blues
August Wilson's plays are thick with the poetry, rhythm and wit of a uniquely American musical idiom Perhaps I like Louis Armstrong because he's made poetry out of the invisible. And my own grasp of the invisible aids me to understand his music. -...
Theatre Facts 1995: A Report on Performance and Potential in the American Nonprofit Theatre Based on Theatre Communications Group's Annual Fiscal Survey
Jean Baudrillard, the French philosopher, proffered a subtle analysis of the dark art of numerical manipulation, one which bears consideration for this report on nonprofit professional theatre in America, as well as for most financial reports: "Like...
Voir Dire
Strange but true: One year ago the lengthy homicide trial of a sports and entertainment figure mesmerized and obsessed an entire civilized nation for months on end. With the verdict long ago delivered, and the acquitted man now simply another has-been...