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. 11, No. 4, April

20/20 Hindsight
For the past few years, Lawrence Sacharow has been working on living a life over again. Not his life, but that of the fictional Russian mystic Ivan Osokin. Sacharow's new opera, The Strange Life of Ivan Osokin, is based on the novel of the same name...
'American Theatre' Marks 10th Year
Ronald Reagan, miraculously recuperated from an assassination attempt, was gearing up his second Presidential campaign - against a Democratic ticket with a woman, no less, in the V.P. slot. Los Angeles was sprucing up for a XXIIIrd Olympiad summer...
American Theatre: What's to Like?
1. The audience. I like to go to the theatre as much for the audience as for the experience of the play. I am as moved by the concordance of individuals, sitting quietly and facing in the same direction, listening, as I am by the energy coming off...
Arts Hold Their Own in Clinton Budget
President Clinton made good on his intention to revitalize the dormant President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities by appointing Ellen McCulloch-Lovell executive director in early February. McCulloch-Lovell, former chief of staff for Sen. Patrick...
A Window into Warsaw's Jewish Past
Coming to Warsaw for the first International Conference on Jewish Theatre in Poland is a sure way of conjuring up Jewish spirits from the past, ancestors only imagined, pictures in the mind's eye of Sholom Aleichem fiddlers on roofs and Chagall floating...
Bille Whitelaw: What Beckett Said to Me
Billie Whitelaw, Beckett's preeminent actor, has just demonstrated the dazzling difference between reading his Play realistically and reading it the way Beckett wanted it done-without what he called color," and at tongue-tying, lung-collapsing speed....
Diamonds Are Forever
Director Eric Simonson has always loved watching baseball. "Especially on television," he says. "I love the behind-the-pitcher camera shot. TV really captures the dramatic ritual between pitcher and hitter in a way unavailable to the spectator in the...
Epiphany's Threshold
My soul today is heaven on earth / O could the transport last,'" sing two women at the end of the first scene of Brian Friel's recent play, Wonderful Tennessee. And in answer to the question posed in the hymn, one wants to shout - as Angela, one of...
Fire Down Below
Imagine a musical in which the hero lies trapped underground, howling and whimpering toward his imminent, macabre death. Writer and director Tina Landau did. The result is Floyd Collins, based on the real-life 1925 tragedy of a Kentucky spelunker who...
I'll Take Cincinnati: Playwright Brad Fraser Launches a One-Man Canadian Invasion
Brad Fraser is accustomed to nervous board members getting cold feet when their theatres schedule productions of his controversial plays. And when the 31-year-old Canadian playwright encounters opposition to his shows-most of which make use of explicit...
Lights Cigarette. Inhales Lustily
She is reluctant to continue our conversation. "I don't want to lose my job," she murmurs into the phone. We are discussing an incredibly sensitive topic: smoking in the theatre. She is a nonsmoker and a playwright who makes her living in theatre administration,...
Michael John LaChiusa: Looking for Love
Listen to the music, music doesn't lie," a middle-aged, married man tells the young man he is seducing in a stateroom on board the Titanic in Michael John LaChiusa's new musical, Hello Again. Some important people in musical theatre - the kind who...
Randall Duk Kim: Back to Basics
Randall Duk Kim's eyes light up as he exclaims about the remarkable times we live in, with new advancements in science, cosmology, astronomy - his mind, it seems, is always searching curiously for the exciting, the unexplainable. But the twinkle as...
Rick Fisher: Over There, over Here
British theatre people don't get much busier than American lighting designer Rick Fisher, who this spring at last gets to make the splash in New York that he has been making in London for some time. His vehicle? Stephen Daldry's acclaimed Royal National...
Ron Daniels Finds the Space Inside Shakespeare
Ron Daniel wanted to begin his third season as associate artistic director of American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass. with a special event - "an occasion, something that presumably wouldn't often be seen in the Boston area." He and artistic...
Theatre Facts 1993
Even as "recovery" signaled the start of an economic turnaround for manufacturing and other product-based industries in some regions of the country, the nonprofit theatre sector experienced continued losses. On top of devastating declines in 1992,...
The Sensuous Chekhov
Anton Chekhov, a doctor, once said, "My holy of holies is the human body." And the people in his plays, contrary to the way they're often viewed, do have bodies. These are humans, in each other's company, in a place. They're also humans in our company,...
What Is Reality, Dad? Don't Know, Son
Frederick Neumann looks happy. Ruddy and white-haired, the 67-year-old member of Mabou Mines, New York's legendary avant-garde collective, breaks into a grin so beatific that, like the Cheshire Cat's, it seems to linger in the room long after its owner...