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. 16, No. 7, September

Callender & Hall: A Bay Area Acting Team for All Seasons
People talk of the amazing chemistry that San Francisco Bay Area actors Margo Hall and L. Peter Callender have when they're on stage together. Sparks flew most recently in Washington, D.C., during the Arena Stage premiere of Oak and Ivy, a play by...
During Tet, Postwar Reflections: Celebration and Questioning at a Vietnamese Festival
Every year Ho Chi Minh City launches a Tet offensive - on the theatrical front. During Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, the city's theatres halt their rotating repertoire of contemporary and traditional dramas to present new plays written to fit the joyous...
Foreman in Paradise
Sex is the subject, but the audience keeps its clothes on Anyone eager to quickly pinpoint the essential differences between radical theatre in the 1960s and what remains of radical theatre in the 1990s need only compare two utterly contrasting...
How 'Belen' Was Born
A fateful encounter sets a group of artists on a creative adventure Call it astrology, fate or even mathematical probability. Back in the summer of 1995, four equally obsessed women were hurtling through Mexico City's smoggy stratosphere, each...
How We Tell Tomorrow
Prognostication is a dangerous thing, and all of us probably have our favorite "visions of the future" offered by our predecessors that now provoke laughter and derision. I am especially fond of designers who had us dressed in tinfoil and space helmets...
In Search of the 'Aha!'
Theatre and Religion Does God stop where theatre begins? Or are theatre and spirituality two aspects of tile same human experience? Tackling a subject that has been in the public spotlight in several recent controversies, four panelists participated...
Isn't It Rich?
The New York theatre according to the man the Times made HOT SEAT: THEATER CRITICISM FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES, 1980-1993 by Frank Rich, Random House, New York. 1,050 pp, $39.95 cloth. My favorite Frank Rich lead is two words long. It kicks...
Martin Guerre Returns (Again)
The musical everyone said could never be fixed is given another chance In 1992, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg approached producer Cameron Mackintosh with the idea for a small-scale musical telling the true story of a man who returns...
My Culture or Yours?
In these excerpts from a session called "Scene Shift: Locating the Future," moderator Roberta Uno, artistic director of New World Theater in Amherst, Mass., discusses issues important to the emerging generation with three artists under 35: New York-based...
No Copyright for Directors
As a dramatist, I read with interest Ted Pappas's commentary Protecting the Director" (Feb. '99). Mr. Pappas's stated intention is to clear up the "enormous amount of misinformation and misunderstanding" surrounding the prickly issue of directors'...
On Beating the Odds: An Interview with the Playwright
COLEMAN: How did The Gimmick come about? ORLANDERSMITH: Peter Askin, whom I'd worked with on several earlier projects, came up with the idea. We started talking about the world of children, the dreams of children. He asked something about how kids...
On the Town: Merrimack Rep's David G. Kent Tunes in to His Community
Driving around Lowell, Mass., David G. Kent, the loquacious artistic director of the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, bubbles over with anecdotes. He discourses on the Merrimack River's geography and geology and the history of Lowell's mills, on native...
Resounding Voices
The eloquence of Sheridan rings out from a new biography A TRAITOR'S KISS: THE LIFE OF RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN by Fintan O'Toole, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York. 519 pp, $30 cloth. If you think the Clinton impeachment hearings...
Rewilding Imagination
Tomorrow's theatre will make shamans of us all "Nature," Paul Cezanne wrote, "is in the inside." Today, in a world where the external wild has been all but exterminated, it is more crucial than ever to recognize that wildness resides deep inside...
Running in Place
CULTURAL CALESTHENICS: WRITINGS ON RACE, POLITICS, AND THEATRE by Robert Brustein, Ivan R. Dee, Chicago. 304 pp, $14.95 paper. Everyone, by now, has an opinion about Robert Brustein, and the odds are good that whatever the opinion may be, it...
Talking about Technology
"It has become a cliche that images prevail today. We are no longer a verbal society. True - but this has freed the theatre. In the '50s, productions had to be naturalistic. Today the imaginative pact between audience and actor has been reaffirmed...
Theatrics out of Thin Air
For a new breed of theatrical visionaries, the future is now It's a hot, muggy evening in New York City, precisely the kind of weather that puts you in the mood for a long, cool drink of futuristic theatre - like Peculiar Works Project's Privileged...
The Delicate Balance
One of the conference's best-attended breakout sessions took a lens to the topic of nonprofit / commercial alliances. The session was facilitated by Rocco Landesman, president of Jujamcyn Theatres; Jed Bernstein, executive director of the League of...
The Future of the Body
Can theatre do without the human form? Nine thinkers hazard a guess. It may seem odd to theatre artists that so many critics, historians and scholars - people who make their livings "living" in their heads - can't stop thinking about the body these...
The Gimmick
About the Playwright Dael Orlandersmith is a playwright and performer. In 1994 she won an OBIE Award for her play, Beauty's Daughter. Her other plays include Monster and Liar Liar. She has appeared in productions of Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Raisin...
The Immaterial Theatre
From a brew of doubt, hope and mystery, a playwright conjures the theatre of the future The Theatre of the Future exists only in my imagination. It is a movement I invented because I felt despair about my own playwriting. If I hadn't become a practitioner...
The Next Scene
SEVEN ARTISTIC DIRECTORS CONSIDER THE CHALLENGE OF BRAVE NEW WORLDS As the millennium approaches, we asked American Theatre Affiliated Writer Kate Sullivan to track track down seven artistic directors from around the country and ask them what particular...
The Prime of Miss Julie Harris
Since Julie Harris has snagged five Tony awards, ten Emmy nominations and a host of other honors, it's a sound bet that she is not working at Chicago's Victory Gardens or Saranac Lake's Pendragon Theatre for the money or the exposure. These days, the...
The Sum of US
Leaders of America's theatre set their sights on bridging differences at TCG's first West Coast conference It was Westward Ho! in June, when Theatre Communication Group's 12th biennial national conference - the first to take place on the country's...
Tried and True
THEATER ARTIST'S RESOURCE by Ruth Mayleas, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York. 173 pp, $19.95 paper. Most theatre self-help books are about landing on Park Place without passing Go - the business of the business of the business. So it's...
What Myths May Come
Can we see the future in the mirror of our storied past? Let's start here. Let's say myth is memory. Let's say making theatre is the act of remembering. Myths are condensed particles of cultural memory - cautionary tales, magic spells, incantations...