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. 4, May-June

A Critics' Summit
ROBERT BRUSTEIN AND FRANK RICH TALK ABOUT CRITICISM PAST AND PRESENT, IDEAS AND IDEOLOGY, THE DANGERS OF CORPORATE ART - AND WHAT THEY'D DO DIFFERENTLY, GIVEN THE CHANCE Back when new broadway plays and musical were rushed into print, collected...
As When One Gives Oneself in Love: Jerzy Grotowski: 1934-1999
JERZY GROTOWSKI: 1934-1999 One must give oneself totally, in one's deepest intimacy, in confidence, as when one gives oneself in love. Here lies the key. Self-penetration, trance, excess, the formal discipline itself.... When Jerzy Grotowski...
Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte: A Lesbian-Themed Play Causes More Debate in N.C
Just when the battle in Charlotte, N.C., over public funding for the arts appeared to have let up, a new case involving an award-winning play by a 17-year-old lesbian writer has put the city back in the nation's spotlight. Charlotte, ironically...
Jean-Claude Van Itallie: Dreamers Welcome
At a spiritual oasis, a playwright explores the mysteries of theatre High in the mountains of western Massachusetts, a young man in white stands alone, dwarfed by the hillside behind him. His orange hair contrasts sharply with the lush green of...
Jose Quintero: 1924-1999
Jose Quintero, the great American director, loved to tell this story about one of his first public outings after his throat surgery: He was in the early days of learning the difficult new technique of amplified breath speaking and he was feeling very...
Manifest
Beyond Tragedy A new Holocaust drama focuses on struggle, not defeat Between two swathes of plush, red velvet drapery on an otherwise bare stage, a Klezmer band seated in a makeshift cart plays Edith Piaf ballads, Brecht/Weill lullabies and romping...
Pure Prairie League: The Mercury's Rising at Canada's Leading New Play Festival
Blame it on La Nina. Out-of-towners who traveled to Calgary for Alberta Theatre Projects' annual festival of new plays, Pan-Canadian playRites '99, expecting to get caught in sub-freezing temperatures and blizzards - the regular fare for this time...
Shakespeare in His Element: If We Love Him So Much, How Come Watching His Plays Is Sometimes a Drag?
The end of the millennium is treating William Shakespeare very well, thank you. The old boy's public image got a new gilding from Shakespeare in Love, the frisky, Academy Award-winning film comedy that endows the Bard of Avon with sex appeal, neuroses,...
The Critic as Insider
Among the semi-dark secrets in my past is my training as a critic and dramaturg - training that yielded a degree but precious few employment opportunities. When I left the hallowed halls of Yale, I was uncertain what the future would bring. My advisor,...
The Master Builder
Fear of Falling Pushing Master Builder over the expressionistic edge "Uh-oh," I murmur to my companion. "It looks like this is going to be Solness on the Beach." The curtain has not yet opened, but in front of it projects a square white platform...
The National Health: A Critic Conjures Up a Remedy for Our Theatre's Malaise
A critic conjures up a remedy for our theatre's malaise That are you gassing about?" said my surly colleague, who views all new ideas as if they were cockroaches that had fallen into the blancmange. We've got, a national theatre, and we've had one...