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. 12, No. 8, October

Amy Trompetter: The Master of Grand Puppet Opera
Amy Trompetter makes puppet operas. But forget small and cute. Her puppets may be towering sculptures with human actors inside. Forget Big Bird, too. Massive, misshapen heads turn Trompetter's figures into menacing totems. In fact, forget calling Trompetter...
An Irish Poet's Troy
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival may be celebrating its 60th birthday this year, but this well-entrenched three-stage resident theatre is by no means settling into a tranquil rut. Several palpable shifts in the Ashland company's modus operandi are very...
At Home with Trotsky and Frida
Back in 1986, when A Traveling Jewish Theatre first began work on a play about the doomed love affair between exiled Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky and Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, the world was a somewhat different place. The Berlin Wall had yet...
At Varese Sarabande, the Melody Lingers One
When Bruce Kimmel was 11 years old and confined to bed with the measles, he joined the Columbia Record Club. The membership bonus was a stereo. He propped himself up in bed with the stereo on his lap, separated the speakers for better sound quality,...
Competing with Idiots
The opening salvo in the legitimate theatre's ongoing siege of Hollywood occurred in 1925, when a wire was sent from the embryonic film capital to New York. Dispatched by playwright and journalist Herman J. Mankiewicz to his colleague Ben Hecht, it read:...
Design Marches On
The Prague Quadrennial showcases the best in theatrical design from 40 nations The Prague Quadrennial, the World's Fair of theatrical design and architecture, has been held in this architectural gem of a city every four years since 1967. Over the years,...
How to Succeed at Dramaturgy without Really Trying
On Sunday, Oct. 15, you'll have an opportunity to judge the impact of professional dramaturgy on the American public's television viewing habits. On that day, the film version of Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer-winning play The Heidi Chronicles will be...
Keith Glover: All That Tragic Greek Jazz
It's easy to get a handle on a playwright who rattles off highfalutin' Greek references from the Oxford Dictionary of Theatrical Forebears. But ask Keith Glover what his influences are, and trickster that he is, he invokes some seemingly way-out sources...
Reinventing the Endowment
NEA chairman envisions a 'new look' for a leaner agency Facing massive cutbacks in appropriations, staff reductions that could halve the agency's manpower, likely prohibitions against both grants to individuals and seasonal support for organizations,...
Revival Tactics
Reports of the Los Angeles Theatre Center's death have been greatly exaggerated Noon on Spring Street: Lunch-hour loungers and shoppers flock to the mercado and Charlie O's Grill. By day, the Los Angeles Theatre Center drowses on its columns, looking...
Sallie Bingham: Patron Saint of Santa Fe
The program says it all: "The inaugural season of Santa Fe Stages has been made possible by the very generous support of Sallie Bingham." With a single check, Bingham - the playwright, novelist and an heir to the Louisville, Ky. publishing dynasty's...
The Paradoxical Professor
His incurable love of literature tugs Frank Galati in multiple directions It wasn't until 1990 that the world really started noticing the paradox of Frank Galati's life. It was in the spring of that year that Galati picked up twin Tony awards for his...
The Persistence of Vision: The Ephemeral Art of Projection Design
Projection designer Jerome Sirlin describes his contribution to the theatrical process as the "visual libretto." Baltimore-based director Kirby Malone uses projected imagery to produce what he calls "live movies." Advertising-art-director-turned-projection-queen...
Twice over the Cuckoo's Nest
In San Francisco circa 1970, when bell-bottomed jeans were the fashion and anti-war marches the standard, an unknown local director, 27-year-old Lee Sankowich, opened a production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at the Little Fox Theater. Critics...