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. 13, No. 8, October

Arthur Miller Bends the Law
For more than 50 years, Arthur Miller has been creating unease in the theatre by forcing flawed men to take responsibility for their less-than-ethical actions. "A play," Miller once wrote, "is a species of jurisprudence, and some part of it must take...
C'est Les Guerres
In the 16-century tale of Martin Guerre, a rural Frenchwoman named Bertrande enjoys a lusty affair with a kind and handsome stranger. Most people think, erroneously, that he is her husband - a wastrel of a fellow who had abandoned her eight years earlier,...
Cherrie Moraga: Mapping Aztlan
Cherrie Moraga and I are sitting at the kitchen table in her San Francisco home, swapping stories about growing up in California. It is a badge we both wear proudly, and it has deep spiritual meaning for both of us - particularly for Moraga, who senses...
Chicago: What's Real? What's Not?
The Democrats produce their own greatest show on earth Even P.T. Barnum would have been proud of the gigantic bus-and-truck tour the Democrats brought to Chicago this summer. Of course, delivering the greatest show on earth to the Windy City was hardly...
Getting Closer to America
Anna Deavere Smith trains an artist's eye on the U.S. presidency and the media As you talk to Anna Deavere Smith about what she's up to in Washington, D.C., it's impossible not to visualize the utterly obvious headline, and impossible not to summon...
Last of the Red-Hot Broadway Playwrights
After seeing the opening night of The Star-Spangled Girl (1966), Walter Kerr began his New York Times review by writing that "Neil Simon didn't have an idea for a play this year, but he wrote it anyway." Thirty years later, Simon still cherishes this...
Lest We Forget
I read in the Wall Street Journal the other day that Madison Avenue is moving beyond selling us new lifestyles - now they want to sell our memories back to us. In an article entitled "Using What Defines a Generation to Sell to Different Groups," Michael...
Nicky Silver: Fit to Pick out a Tie
Setting: A summer afternoon, Man Ray restaurant in Chelsea. It is cool and dark. Nicky Silver drinks Diet Coke and smokes. His new play, Fit to Be Tied, opens this month at Playwrights Horizons under David Warren's direction. It includes the usual mix...
No More Playing Safe
ADVENTUROUSNESS HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN A TRADEMARK OF THE 316-YEAR-OLD COMEDIE-FRANCAISE. NOW tout a change. PARIS, MAY 1993: From my seat in the Salle Richelieu, known familiarly as "the House of Moliere," where I'm watching the venerable Comedie-Francaise...
Shakespeare Goes to Prison
Slouching toward Agincourt in an L.A. County lockup FEB. 10: Joe Haj is nervous. It's the first day of rehearsal for the first full show he's ever directed. The cast are first-timers, too (most have never seen a play, much less performed in one), but...
Sharing What You've Got
The Vineyard's S.P.A.C.E. Program gives small theatres a needed break In New York City, where walk-in closets are optimistically referred to as bedrooms, space is a treasured commodity. To most residents, exorbitant rent is an unavoidable fact of city...
Subsidized Separatism
Critic ROBERT BRUSTEIN answers back. Playwright August Wilson took him to task for his views on cultural diversity and artistic standards. Now the debate continues. August Wilson's keynote address at the TCG Conference in late June, later published...
The Image Thing: A Gallery of Contemporary Poster Art from American Theatres
The posters reproduced in these pages were selected from submissions from more than 200 theatres across the country. They are from current or recent seasons, and represent a wide range of styles and approaches to poster design. The selection panel consisted...
The Image Thing: Making the Point with Posters
In front of me are programs from five different productions of Private Lives culled from the files outside my office at Center Stage in Baltimore. Viewed as a group, the programs, produced over a period of 20 years of American theatre, present a wildly...
The PG-Rated World of Candidate Dole
His campaign to clean up pop culture has some surprising implications It's no wonder that Bob Dole has trouble balancing the new personas his handlers have thrown at him (social ultra-conservative, economic supply-sider, Beltway outsider) - at heart,...
What Beast Is This?
Reading my early plays for the first time in a decade and a half - in preparation for an anthology to be published in 1997 - was a peculiar experience. As a rule, after something of mine is performed I close the door on it and clear my head for new work....
Why Directors Can't Direct
Why do most producers I talk to feel there are so few directors they can trust? Why, after almost 30 years as an artistic director, can I count on two hands the directors I feel can produce craftsmanlike work in a variety of styles? The answer will be,...