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. 10, December

200 Arts Educators Convene for Cross-Disciplinary Forum
In July, TCG joined forces with American Symphony Orchestra League, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Chamber Music America, Chorus America, Dance/USA and OPERA America to hold "Crossing Paths," a cross-disciplinary performing arts educators...
Betty's Summer Vacation
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT Christopher Durang grew up a Catholic schoolboy in New Jersey, writing plays and mostly being polite. He attended the Yale School of Drama. His first produced play was The Idiots Karamazov, co-authored by Albert Innaurato at the...
Boom Town
A festival exalts Singapore's creative (not just business) success Last June, on a limpid, cloudless morning in Singapore, the 52-year-old Beijing-based Chinese opera star Pei Yan Ling was speaking at a small press conference about her upcoming...
C-R-R-R-Itic!
Theatre writers, a researcher claims, are getting a bad rap Okay, it's a given: theatre critics are, by and large, loathsome creatures. They only highlight the negative; have no idea about the intricacies of producing a piece of work; and are more...
Curiouser and Curiouser
WHY DO THEATRE ARTISTS KEEP REMAKING ALICE IN THE IMAGE OF THEIR ERA? RAPE. SIRENS. LOONY TUNES MUSIC. A LITTLE GIRL stuffed head-first into a garbage bag by a man in a gas mask. A Junkie shooting up behind a door. Welcome to wonderland-Alice in...
Diane Venora TRIPLE PLAY
An actress scales the Hamlet heights, from multiple directions When the arrows of outrageous fortune are raining down at New York's Public Theater, chances are Diane Venora's in the thick of them. Over the course of the past three decades, the Juilliard-trained...
Editor's Note
"I'm sure I didn't mean--" Alice was beginning, but the Red Queen interrupted her impatiently. "That's just what I complain of! You should have meant! What do you suppose is the use of a child without any meaning?" Lewis Carroll, Alice Through...
Entrances & Exits
Pittsburgh Public Theatre has announced the appointment of Ted Pappas as the Public's new artistic director. Pappas will begin planning the 2000-2001 season as a consultant, prior to taking up residence in Pittsburgh next spring. As previously scheduled,...
FOCUS ON FUNDERS: A.S.K. Theater Projects
A.S.K. Theater Projects, a local and national resource for the theatre and its artists, facilitates the creation of new work through a broad range of artistic and educational programs. A.S.K. is distinct in that it is part art-service organization...
In Memoriam
George C. Scott, the celebrated actor remembered for such roles as Shylock in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (1962) and Gen. George S. Patton in the film Patton (1970), died in Los Angeles in September, at the age of 71. Born in 1927 in Virginia,...
Letters to the Editor
BEYOND BOOSTERISM Let us now praise famous funders! Pew Charitable Trusts makes an enormous contribution to the theatre through its funding to the valuable (and well-run) National Theatre Artist Residency program. Nevertheless, I can't think of...
Mask on, Mask Off
THE COMPREHENSIVE EXHIBITION of the work of Julie Taymor, occupying all four galleries at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, through Jan. 2, is a case of barely suspended animation. Most of the objects are motionless, but they are so...
Pepys Show
17th-century drag hits Shepherdstown with Compleat Female Stage Beauty Edward Kynaston's name has never made the short list of great English actors, but he owns a singular spot in the annals of the stage. Kynaston was, according to the Cambridge...
Scott McKowen METAPHOR MAN
His scratch-board visuals are worth a thousand words Artist Scott McKowen views himself, above all, as a problem-solver. When he designs a theatre poster--as he has, hundreds of times over the past 20-odd years, for productions by Seattle Repertory...
Sex in the City
Sex was the play that made Mae West famous by making her infamous. Written by West as her first starring vehicle, Sex was shut down by New York City's Society for the Suppression of Vice after a successful 40-week run at Daly's Theatre. Ms. West served...
Sheldon Epps TURNING UP THE HEAT
His Pasadena Playhouse menu includes soul food and chestnuts Founded in 1917 and designated California's State Theatre in 1937, the Pasadena Playhouse stakes many claims to history, from being the first American venue to present all of Shakespeare's...
Shouting 'Fire' on a Crowded Street
I was an infant during guerrilla theatre's heyday in the late '60s and early '70s, so I can't make firsthand comparisons between then and now. But everything I've heard and read about performing political theatre on the streets in those days suggests...
Sophisticated Lady
Reading Louisa May Alcott's Little Women is a rite of passage familiar to generations of young bookworms. Some of us even wanted to be Jo--the feisty, yet lovable, heroine of the book. Now, two new plays explore a lesser-known side of the Alcott...
Strange but More-Or Less True
Kira Obolensky (who may be a playwright) concocts seriously surreal adventure SHE MAY HAVE WON THIS YEAR'S prestigious Kesselring Prize--an honor that in seasons past has gone to the likes of Tony Kushner and Anna Deavere Smith--but 37-year-old...
The Diversity Conundrum
During the question-and-answer session at a recent conference in Atlanta, a woman asked whether I did not share her distress over the proliferation of community-specific theatres around the country. "We now have African-American theatres, gay and lesbian...
The Tart and the Sweet
Eve Ensler's Lemonade explores a world of double edges ALICE: Would you like a lemonade? BERNARD: Yes. ALICE: Do you like it more sweet or more tart? BERNARD: Tart. I think I like it tart. ALICE: Then you do not like it sweet. BERNARD:...
The Zone of Fantastic Reality
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL TAKES CLOWNING IN A NEW DIRECTION In the distance is the desert, red and watchful, primitive. Las Vegas: a city whose surroundings hint at what this stretch of North America looked like before settlers carved a civilization out...
Wilde Things
To the uninitiated, theatre in Orlando has always been considered some kind of bizarre extension of the Mouse. But a cooperative effort among more than a dozen of the area's theatre companies has resulted in a one-of-a-kind collaboration--the current...