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. 10, No. 12, December

Abe's Global Vision
The play's an absolute roller-coaster ride--like riding squalls coming across the sea. If we get it right, it should make the audience's hair stand on end." That's actor Sam Waterston's judgment about Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Robert Sherwood's Pulitzer-winning...
Barbara Damashek: A Moving Target
When Quilters hit the regional theatre circuit a decade ago, it sent Barbara Damashek on what she describes as a "creative roller-coaster ride." "It was one of those life-changing moments when you take a major creative leap," she says now, sitting in...
Charles Busch: Some Kind of Diva
Innocence" isn't something you'd expect to be thinking about if you were to find yourself sitting amidst the opulent fin-desiecle passementerie that fills the sitting room of New York's best-loved theatrical drag performer, chatting about his recent...
Diamanda Galas: In the Rough
It is by now a well-worn cliche that a particular artist "defies all categories." But in the case of Diamanda Galas, that description seems overwhelmingly apt. The fact is that Galas has based a 20-year solo career on performances about resisting categories,...
Dodson's Dilemma
Owen Dodson never got his big break. An exceptionally talented writer and director, Dodson hobnobbed with the movers and shakers of the black intelligentsia--from W.E.B. du Bois to James Baldwin--and inspired younger generations of black poets and artists....
Let Me Infotain You
"If you haven't been back to Broadway for a while, this is the show to see!" Sound like the words of a critic who's dying to see his or her name in the print ads? Not quite--it's the sign-off of a TV special put together by WNYW, the Fox affiliate in...
More Is More in Elsinore
How many ways are there to stage that old chestnut Hamlet? In more ways "than are dreamt of in your philosophy," according to Aaron Beall, executive director of New York City's NADA Inc. A four-month marathon of more than 20 different Hamlets--productions...
NEA Funds Musical Works, New Plays
Also lists funding opportunities The National Endowment for the Arts has announced 1993 Opera-Musical Theater Program grants for seasonal support totaling more than $4.1 million to 111 professional opera and theatre companies across the country that...
Tangible Ghosts
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: "An open drain," "unutterably offensive," "repulsive and degrading," "garbage and offal" these were typical of the critics' comments on Ibsen's Ghosts when it opened in London in 1891. William Archer, one of the playwright's most...
The Gospel According to Black Elk
"My friend, I am going to tell you the story of my life, as you wish; and if it were only the story of my life I think I would not tell it; for what is one man that he should make much of his winters, even when they bend him like a heavy snow? So many...
The 'How' of Funny
Chicago's New Wave of Improvisation Aspires to More than a Punchline It's Wednesday night at Chicago's most venerable coffeehouse, the No Exit. An improv group called Bang Bang has been playing here late on Wednesdays. They're supposed to be hot. They're...
'The Living.' (a Script by Anthony Clarvoe) (Playscript)
On the steps: lights up on Jamey, a watchman, sitting in Sarah's doorway. Sarah stands on the lower level, facing him at a distance. SARAH: I have a right to see inside my house. JAMEY: No you don't. SARAH: I want to see my family. JAMEY: Won't do...
'The Persians': Things We Never Saw or Heard
This deadly silence with its taste of acid fills our mouths...," declares the Chorus in Robert Auletta's update of Aeschylus' The Persians. The stage is set in the Persian court as the Chorus (Ben Halley Jr.) awaits news of his army's invasion of Athens:...
'The Persians': Twisted History and Radical Chic
When I first approached Robert Auletta's new version of Aeschylus' The Persians, I thought the concept had great merit. Sellars's decision to contemporize the play, relocating the action to modern-day Baghdad in the aftermath of Desert Storm, seemed...
To Have or Have Not
During the recent glorious days of Indian Summer, President and Mrs. Clinton hosted two days of celebration honoring 18 recipients of the National Medal of Arts and the Charles Frankel Prize in the Humanities. The ceremony on the White House lawn, the...
Welcome to El Paso
Simply put, it's an American Dream story: The Santos brothers, sons of Mexican immigrants, grow up to become attorneys, establish a successful law firm and wield power in their hometown of El Paso, Tex. They also run a drug ring, indulge a penchant for...
When Words Fail
At Studio Arena Theatre in Buffalo, my partners and I are devoting our energies to restoring the theatre to its central place within the community. Even as I say that, I realize the idea flies against the Zeitgeist. It's curious that all through the...