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. 15, No. 4, April

5 Extended Collaboration Grants Awarded
Theatre Communications Group has awarded $25,000 to five theatres and more than 20 artists to support creative collaborations in the latest round of Extended Collaboration Grants supported by Metropolitan Life Foundation of New York City. Established...
A Desert Romance
A pair of Arizona companies investigate creative ways to join forces Here are two theatre companies that don't need each other - but maybe in the long run they do. Here are two theatre companies that attempt to reach different audiences - but maybe...
Authentic to the Underwear
Melodrama is alive and well and living in New Mexico If you happen to be driving through the tiny mountain hamlet of Madrid, N.M. (population 600), about 20 miles outside of Santa Fe, don't blink - you'll miss the Engine House Theatre, purveyor of some...
Defending 'The Capeman.' (Paul Simon's Musical)
Was the Paul Simon musical unjustly convicted? You couldn't have paid me to take my coat off the night I saw The Capeman, the Paul Simon-Derek Walcott-penned musical that was scheduled to close in March to a reported $11 million loss. I went to the...
Dinner Theatre, U.S.A
A reporter journeys into the heartland and discovers that there's a whole lot more than prime rib at the end of the rainbow I am sitting third-row center in the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre in suburban Minneapolis chewing tough prime rib and stewing in...
Lorri Holt
A celebrated Bay Area actress discusses the merits of just letting go Last October, on the first day of rehearsal for Brian Friel's Molly Sweeney at Marin Theatre Company, actor Lorri Holt wrote in her journal, "The process of working on a good piece...
Mary Hausch
The collective soul finds a home in a north Florida theatre The climate was different, both for art and for politics, when Mary Hausch co-founded Gainesville, Fla.'s Hippodrome State Theatre 25 years ago. In fact, for Hausch and the five other University...
Ralph Lee
The master puppeteer tunes into the rhythm of existence This here is the Hell Mouth," says grey-bearded director and master puppet builder Ralph Lee, emerging from the gaping mouth of a dragon, looking slightly disheveled. He extends a hand in greeting....
Roger L. Stevens: 1910-1998
Roger L. Stevens died Feb. 2 in Washington, D.C., at the age of 87. A thick book could chronicle his history without fear of repetition. If his death suddenly reveals the awesomeness of his life, its subtlety and complexity, its unpredictability, there...
Sisters, Samovars and Second Acts
On the eve of its 100th anniversary, the Moscow Art Theatre returns to the U.S. In the American theatre, second acts appear in strange places. Or at least that's one way to think about the legendary Moscow Art Theatre's all-too-brief centennial tour...
The Actor's Insecurity
The art of the actor is forged in a crucible of conflicting demands Actors (I use the term to include both sexes) arc not necessarily more insecure than other people; but, like other people, they have their own special reasons for being, and ways of...
The Demon in David Henry Hwang
Once you've had a hit, the playwright confesses, things are never quite the same With his newest play, Golden Child, set to open on Broadway early this month, a recent adaptation of Ibsen's Peer Gynt headlining the season at Rhode Island's Trinity Repertory...
Their Thought and Back Again
Michael Roth's Their Thoughts and Back Again is an unapologetically eclectic "opera" that conveys wildly disparate elements, from contemporary pop to Anglican hymnals to Erik Satie. In an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink manner, Roth has created a song...
The Square Root of Queer
Two new books about Tony Kushner illuminate the gay core of Angels in America Art is better than criticism. Let me say this to begin with, though it probably discredits anything I say hereafter. The recent appearance of two books about Tony Kushner...