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. 9, No. 10, February

Choosing Partners
Major grants underwrite long-term artist residencies Ten American theatre companies have been selected to receive grants of $100,000 in the first round of a new National Theatre Artist Residency Program, initiated by a major grant from the Pew Charitable...
Do I Hear a Musical?
As we head deeper into the 1990s, it becomes clear that the days of the British musical behemoth are pretty much over. During the '80s, one major musical opening was prelude to the next; but producers are now licking their wounds, having spawned as many...
Ego, Faith and Yuri Lubimov
Some 10 years or so ago, a friend, returning from Russia to England where I live, told me he had seen a great production of The Three Sisters directed by Yuri Lubimov at the Taganka Theatre in Moscow. The action was split among three platforms, and sometimes...
Hellish Music
Hell has a new sound and a new look. Through Feb. 21, Atlanta's Theatrical Outfit is presenting a startlingly different version of Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit, as imagined by artistic director Phillip DePoy. For starters, the production features the...
Help Yourself
Self-help gurus John Bradshaw, Louise Hay and Marianne Williamson may not be mentioned by name in Kevin Heelan's new play, The Hope Zone, but they're there, if only by implication. "I wanted to write about this therapeutic ethos that, much to my dismay,...
Kathleen Chalfant - an Angel with Six Faces
Many angels grace Angels in America, but only one has wings. This is by playwright Tony Kushner's design. Forced to endure the purgatory of AIDS-related illnesses and the disease's horrific effects, his earthbound angels discover the freedom of imagination....
Kenny Raskin - Gambling on Everyman
The world was spared another lawyer and got a world-class clown instead when Kenny Raskin's mother suggested he take an acting course while waiting to go to law school. Now the only U.S. performer in Cirque du Soleil's Nouvelle Experience, he's nightly...
New Moon in Paradise
For the members of Theatre de la Jeune Lune, there's no place like a home of their own. "Look, the scavengers are here," snorts Dominique Serrand as he points out the window. On this sunny November morning in Minneapolis, a couple of city workers are...
TCG Launches Individual Membership
Beginning this month, individuals as well as institutions can become full-fledged members of Theatre Communications Group. Part of TCG's long-range plan--the New Century Program for the American Theatre--the new Individual Membership category is intended...
The Coup - a Play of Revolutionary Dreams
GUARD: look sir, ferget it, you don't no wat you talking bout, in the first place, a an be company have all the embassies ringed with apc's with hmg's mounted on sandbags, for their protection from the angry proletariat, in the second place, the ladies...
The Rehearsal of Martin Guerre
Everyone knows what rehearsal skirts are for: Although wrong, wrong, wrong for the show, they make actors very happy. These garments, having absolutely no other relation to the vision of the costume designer than their approximate length, weight and...
The Theatre of The-Wolf-at-the-Door
Theatre managers discuss the recession and prospects for the year ahead Drowning isn't a sport. A drowning man isn't concerned with his form; his only thought is staying alive. He flails and gasps and kicks like mad. This may keep him afloat, but very...
Torn Curtain
Yugoslavian emigre actress Mira Furlan paid a bitter price for artistic independence. The overwhelming thing about Mira Furlan's Yerma is her ferocity. She's so perfectly absolute. So completely beyond the cowardice of ambivalence. Even to say that...
To Ski or Not to Ski?
The arts community debates a boycott of Colorado Colorado is not a hate state," read an open letter from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, sent to arts organizations across the nation and printed in Variety and the Hollywood Reporter. The letter-signed...
What's So Bad about Feeling Good?
Politics and circumstance have conspired, it seems, to land us squarely in the No Generation: Sex is dangerous, private freedoms are public business, personal flamboyance is suspect. Small wonder that we're nostalgic for the profligate past--for a time...
Woyzeck's Erratic Pulse
Just do the play!," the battle cry of theatre purists everywhere, is an easy and essentially meaningless exhortation. Performance is by definition the product of collaboration, a confluence of talents and perspectives, and a play is destined for performance,...