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. 29, No. 5, May-June

2-Way Time Machine for 60 Teens
NEW YORK CITY: Representatives of 30 regional theatres will convene in New York City this June to celebrate, but not one of them will be old enough to drink. The event is the fourth annual National High School Musical Theater Awards, known as the "Jimmys,"...
'Agony and Ecstasy' Version 2.0
NATIONWIDE: When monologuist Mike Daisey released the transcript of his hit solo play The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs to the public on Feb. 21, making it available via a restriction- and royalty-free download, no one expected that less than...
All You Ever Needed to Know about Stratford
FEW EXTANT THEATRE ORGANIZATIONS HAVE BEEN AS THOROUGHLY DOCUMENTED IN PRINT AND media as has the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. n 1982, Toronto Star columnist Martin Knelman detailed Robin Phillips's frenetic 1975--80 tenure as artistic director...
Anthony Rapp
ANTHONY RAPP may best be known as Mark Cohen in Jonathan Larson's Rent, a part he created Off Broadway and reprised on Broadway and in the 2005 film. Other Broadway credits include Precious Sons, Six Degrees of Separation and You're a Good Man, Charlie...
A Tale of 2 Festivals: Stratford and Shaw Are the Twin Peaks of Canadian Classicism
FOR A LARGE CADRE OF THEATRE CRITICS and arts journalists, covering the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and the Shaw Festival has become a rite of spring. just as surely as the rude Canadian winter surrenders to the coming warmth of summer, the miracle...
Bloom and Bust
LONG BEFORE THE downfall of Lehman Brothers--before "mortgage-backed securities" became a U.S. household term--a vogue for tulips rampaged through 17th-century Holland. Prices for the flower climbed: Around the height of the craze, a single bulb could...
Bridging the Two Solitudes: Canada's Francophone and Anglophone Theatre Communities Are Distinct in Character but Hungry for Connection
'Two Solitudes' IS THE TITLE OF A 1945 NOVEL by Hugh MacLennan, and to this day the term has remained emblematic of the troubled relationship and perceived lack of communication between Anglophone and Francophone Canadians. The phrase appeared again...
Bullying-The Subject of "The Defenders," Educator
Sharon Green's in-depth report that leads off this issue--can bring up uncomfortable personal memories for many of us who grew up interested in the arts (page 26). Looking back on my own early childhood, I'm not sorry that I was an avid book-reader,...
Calgary in June: A Stampede of New Writing
WHEN CALGARY WAS CHOSEN AS THE 2012 CULTURAL CAPITAL OF Canada, it was a wakeup call that this city--most strongly associated with cowboys, oil and the Calgary Stampede--is also a hotbed of diverse artistic creativity. Don your cowboy hat if you must,...
Citizen-Building
I WAS RECENTLY CONVERSING WITH A U.S. official about how the arts--the performing arts, in particular--can serve to empower poor and distressed communities around the world. He joined me in extolling the power of the arts to build self-esteem and hope,...
Digging Up the Dirt
REPORTER JOHN Conroy is new to playwriting. But he's an expert on the subject of his first play--the police torture of suspects that occurred in Chicago during the 1970s and '80s, much of it under the watch of Commander Jon Burge. (Burge was removed...
Donald Schoenbaum: 1948-2012
* Our field has lost one of its great visionary leaders and managers, Donald Schoenbaum. While Don had been retired for more than 26 years, the impact of his accomplishments and the value of his mentoring and observations continue to be of vital importance...
Have You Met My Housemates? an Offbeat New Musical Eavesdrops on la Vie Boheme, Circa 1940
HERE'S A WISTFUL ACHE THAT WAFTS OVER the new musical February House, even as its characters celebrate life, art and each other in high bohemian style. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It a feeling one might get if it were possible to step back in time...
Here's What's Playing This Month at TCG Theatres Nationwide. for the Most Up-to-Date Information about Performance Schedules, Contact the Theatre or Visit Theatre Profiles Online: WWW.Tcg.Org/profiles
ALABAMA Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery, (334) 271-5353, www.asf.net The 39 Steps, adapt: Patrick Barlow from Alfred Hitchcock; dir: Nancy Rominger. Thru May 19. Travels with My Aunt, adapt: Giles Havergal; dir: Diana Van Fossen....
Hunchback Catalyst Theatre
Jonathan Christenson, ADAPTATION, DIRECTION, MUSIC: The Hunchback of Noire Dame is a much-adapted story, and at first, I had some doubts about giving it a musical treatment. Previous adaptations have focused on the romance between Quasimodo and Esmeralda,...
Jiri Zizka: 1948-2012
* It was 18 years ago. I had been in rehearsals for a show in Philadelphia for more than three weeks when it dawned on me that the director didn't seem to know my name. Or if he did, he had never used it. He spoke to me rarely, and his taciturn manner...
Let the Project Fly! Canadian Play-Development Organizations Get Nimble and Inventive
CANADA MAY HAVE BETTER BACON AND universal health care. But when it comes to the challenges of play development, the issues remain pretty much the same up north as in the U.S. While many Americans have heard of the Banff Cent It in Calgary as a hotbed...
Montreal in May/June: Pushing Boundaries
"CANADA IS LIKE YOUR ATTIC," AN AMERICAN comedian reportedly once said. "You forget that it's up there, but when you go, it's like, 'Oh man, look at all this great stuff!'" For theatre lovers, that is certainly true of Montreal, especially during...
Northern Lights: Canadian Theatre Now
POP QUIZ: Name the largest multidisciplinary, bilingual performing arts center in North America. Hint: It's not in the United States. The National Arts Centre in Ottawa, created by the Parliament of Canada in the 1960s, claims that distinction, programming...
Rocking the CRADLE
BAKERSVILLE, N.C.: After years of railing on his blot; Theatre Ideas about the lack of funding for rural arts, Scott Walters, associate professor of drama at University of North Carolina-Asheville, is putting some money where his mouth is. Under the...
Sarah Ruhl and Tracy Letts: Two Playwrights and Three Sisters
SARAH RUHL AND TRACY LETTS ARE TWO OF the most frequently produced playwrights in the U.S., and both have strong Chicago roots: he as an eager transplant from Oklahoma, she as a native of the suburb Wilmette. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] There the...
The 50th World Theatre Day
Created by UNESCO in I 949, the International Them re Institute--of which TCG is the U.S. center--is an NGO that seeks to create peace and solidarity across borders and between people through the exchange and cooperation of artists. ITI began World...
The Defenders Theatres Are Shedding Light on Bullying's Devastating Effects - and Giving Kids Tools for Coping
Seth Walsh, California Teen Who Endured Gay Taunts, Commits Suicide --Huffington Post, September 29, 2010 School bullying: Did district miss cries for help --Indianapolis Star, November 30, 2011 Webcam Peeper Convicted in Rutgers Cyberbullying...
Toronto in August: Adventurous Venues
QUEEN CITY, TOO., BROADWAY NORTH: CALL IT WHAT you will, Toronto is arguably the hub of Canada's English-speaking theatre scene. This summer is no exception: August alone brings an abundance of daring performances. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Founded...
Trey Anastasio, Amanda Green & Doug Wright: Hands On: Their New Musical Stars 10 Determined Texans and a Big Shiny Pickup Truck
VER HEARD THE ONE ABOUT THE PULITZER-winning dramatist, the sassy Broadway lyricist and the rock star who walk into a room and write a musical set at a Texas truck dealership? Strange to say, but that scenario applied aptly in March when American Theatre...
Unforgettable Illuminations: California's Jewish Theatre Takes a Graceful Final Bow
IN 1978, WHEN COREY FISCHER, ALBERT GREEN-berg and Naomi Newman founded A Traveling Jewish Theatre in Los Angeles, Newman says they were positively "unambitious, except in an artistic sense." nest never expected the enthusiastic response they elicited--a...
Vancouver in June: A Breath of Fresh Air
NOT SO LONG AGO, THEATRE IN VANCOUVER WOULD more or less shut down for the summer. When the rains let up and the sun came out on what we call the Wet Coast, people got into their sailboats or hit the hiking trails. Nowadays--while still embracing the...
We (Heart) LaBute
Like many companies, Chicago's Profiles Theatre loves to be the first out of the gate with either a brand new show or a local premiere. And since its inception in 1988, the company has given Chicagoans their first look at a number of works, earning...