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. 9, January

An Audience Manifesto
There is absolutely nothing to support the notion that contemporary plays should reflect the prevailing attitudes of the community. Prevailing attitudes (social, sexual, religious, political) do not need the support of artists--they have the weight of...
Artists out Front in Anti-9 Battle
Gay-bashing measure fails in Oregon after intense campaign The arts gave, and they reaped. Ballot Measure 9--Oregon's anti-gay initiative that was defeated Nov. 3 by 57 percent to 43 percent--became a rallying cry for the arts. And the audience listened....
A Theatrical Lens on the Holocaust
In the third year of the united Germany, the positive consequences of reunification are obscured by ominous reports of marching neo-Nazis whose appeal to sympathetic bystanders, "Germany for the Germans!," has encouraged average citizens to support violence...
Clytemnestra Front and Center
It began casually enough. Guthrie Theater artistic director Garland Wright asked company member Isabell Monk a question he poses each year to his actors: What roles would you like to play in the coming season? Monk, who has spent eight of the past 12...
Cuba Libre
There's only Spam with lima beans for dinner, and the little house in one of the crummier Miami suburbs is bare; but Olga and her daughter Barbara are fondling pearls, rubies and diamonds--all that's left of their former lives. "Castro may have taken...
Fo Pas in San Francisco?
For Perloff and ACT, it was out of the ethnic frying pan and into the theological fire You couldn't imagine a pair of less conspicuous protesters. Stationed at the narrow entryway of the Marine's Memorial Theatre in San Francisco, the two middle-aged...
Invasion of a Cornfield
In 1641 Japan, the Daiymo, lieutenant to the Shogun, ordered Dutch traders to be quarantined on an artificial island off the coast of Nagasaki. The Daiymo called his island Deshima. In 1990, the Mickery Theatre of the Netherlands commissioned Ping Chong...
Kahn Artist
You've done a lot of lovely work on this scene since the last time. Tell me about it. What's changed in your given circumstances?" With this gentle invitation, Michael Kahn lets his young actors initiate the discussion about the Romeo and Juliet scene...
New Faces
The arts lose some heroes in Congress, but gain a sense of hope After 12 years of Republican Administrations that were, at best, indifferent to the nation's cultural community--more often inhospitable and at times outright hostile--the dawn of the Clinton...
Richard Greenberg: Now He's Pals with Joey
I don't think there can be any doubt that 'Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered' is a post-coital number," says Richard Greenberg of the most famous song in Rodgers and Hart's Pal Joey. "So we've put it in bed. Why not?" The 34-year-old Greenberg, chronicler...
Ruby Dee: Walking Words, Finding Rhythms
When Ruby Dee talks about writing, her voice alternates between hushed awe, professorial reverence and uninhibited enthusiasm. "I've always had this passion for writers," declares the veteran actor, whose career stretches from a 1943 Broadway debut in...
The Artist and the City
As Athol Fugard approached his "60th Birthday Celebration," an October-November festival of his works in Atlanta, Ga., he had a last-minute twinge of misgiving. Girding himself for the revealing readings from his published Notebooks, adapted by Theater...
The Good New Days
A few years, ago during a rehearsal break of End of the World, the Arthur Kopit play I was directing, I sat in the center of a semicircle of cast members reminiscing about times past. Suddenly, in mid-sentence, I was halted by a distinct memory: myself...
The Performance of Mourning
In the five and a half years since Cleve Jones, a San Francisco AIDS activist, decided to stitch a six-foot-by-three-foot grave-shaped "quilt" in memory of his lover, the AIDS Memorial Quilt has become the chief focus of mourning for hundreds of thousands...
Tom Hulce: He's Hooked on Hamlet, Finally
Hamlet. Is it the be-all and end-all, the alpha and omega of roles? Or is it an actor's nightmare, a theatrical curse, a challenge that can never be met? Recalling his first Hamlet at the Old Vic in 1929, when he was 25, John Gielgud wrote in Early Stages:...
Unfinished Stories
Gaby: I don't want it. Walter: Take it. It upsets you. Gaby: It's not what upsets me. Walter (Points to door): You were there last night, watching me sleeping, like a ghost in the shadows. Gaby: Then you weren't sleeping. Walter: You have never...