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. 2, February

Beautiful Thing
Puppy Love A feisty Chicago company aims to carve a niche in New York With its Off-Broadway debut this month, Chicago's Famous Door Theatre Company is ready to cross a major threshold - and they're bringing their door with them. Since its debut...
Blue Kettle
True Blue and Dreamy A pair of haunting Caryl Churchill one-acts stretches the boundaries of her art I can't speak," goes the opening line of Blue Kettle, the Caryl Churchill one-act that forms the second half of her extraordinary double-bill,...
Capturing Love
Your plays are populated by full-blooded, richly drawn female characters. Has anything in your experience motivated you to create roles that you as an actor could never perform? I started out wanting to write roles for myself, but, well, I haven't...
Fair and Tender Ladies
Whistling Dixie Will Alabama Shakespeare Festival hit a home run with Fair and Tender Ladies? Old ghosts die a slow death in Montgomery, Alabama. Though progress has undeniably swept through this cozy deep-South capital city, it's still an open...
Is Charlotte Burning?
The arts are ground zero in the battle for the soul of a North Carolina city It is late in the afternoon, and Bill James, an incumbent county commissioner for Mecklenburg County, N.C., is talking my ear off. "I'm not opposed to arts," James says...
Jo Bonney: New Every Moment
A director makes a virtue of spontaneity When you first meet Jo Bonney, you immediately recognize characteristics of her stage work - the sharp intelligence of the Eric Bogosian solo pieces she has directed; the insightful compassion of the Danny...
Marian Seldes: One Tall Woman
Marian Seldes reflects on the pleasure and danger of theatre I lived in a dream of theatre when I was young," says actress Marian Seldes. "Greatness and beauty were the things I thought I'd find in acting - and I have. But on the way to that point,...
Pictures at a Deconstruction: Visionaries Heiner Muller and Robert Wilson in Word and Image
Has there ever been a playwright more postmodern than Heiner Muller? This avant-garde writer-director, the most celebrated 20th-century East German dramatist other than Brecht, was a "virtual copyist" who, by his own admission, would just as soon have...
Protecting the Director
Editor's note: In the course of its coverage of dramaturg Lynn Thomson's lawsuit claiming co-authorship of Jonathan Larson's musical Rent, American Theatre alluded to another case involving intellectual property - director Joe Mantello's still-pending...
Seizing the Moment
The arts - particularly theatre - and politics have long been uneasy bedfellows. Theatre history is full of figures who incur the wrath of the local rulers and citizenry. Euripides, some accounts suggest, was torn asunder by women enraged by his depiction...
Song Trilogy
Dream Team With its Song Trilogy, Double Edge reaches for truth beyond the rational Perched atop a giant wooden spool, a man gives birth to a bundle of rags. A woman stalks around a circle of candles and languorously puts out the flames with...
The Invisible Man
Now You See Him, Now You Don't Magic, melodrama and the power of persuasion revive an H.G. Wells classic There comes a point in The Invisible Man - some time after star Jim Dale's admonition to "prepare yourself for the horrors to come" but before...
The Old Settler
About the Playwright Mr. Redwood's first play, MARK VII:xxxvi, was produced Off-Broadway at the Billie Holiday Theatre. The play won the 1986 Audelco Award for Best Play. His second play, A Sunbeam, won the 1988 McDonald's Literacy Achievement Award...
The Sisters Matsumoto
Three's Company A rare collaboration brings Sisters Matsumoto to the stage Philip Kan Gotanda is having his first espresso of the morning in his racially mixed, working-class San Francisco neighborhood. A Japanese-American San Joaquin Valley...
The World According to Wellman: A Political and Linguistic Outlaw Revels in the Theatre of Excess
Mac Wellman has a wicked way with words. In 1990, while enjoying a grant from an embattled and queasy National Endowment for the Arts, be wrote Sincerity Forever - a raucous meditation on art, politics, family values and Jesus H. Christ - dedicating...