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. 22, No. 2, February

An Opera with Wings
PARIS: The Nov. 23 premiere of Peter Eotvos's opera, Angels in America, at the Theatre du Chatelet, was one of the most anticipated events of the fall season in Paris. Aware of the media attention paid to the opera, Canal+ scheduled the French broadcast...
AT & T Supports 6 New Plays
SIX THEATRES HAVE BEEN selected as recipients of AT & T: OnStage awards for new plays to be produced in 2005. For the fifth consecutive year, TCG administered the initiative. "AT & T created the AT & T: OnStage program in 1985 as a way...
Awards & Prizes
Two theatre artists numbered among the eight individuals who received the National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush in a November ceremony in the Oval Office. The nation's highest honor for artistic excellence, administered by the National...
Berkeley, Calif.: Paris Postcards, Tossed in the Air
What did you bring back from your last trip to Paris? A postcard from the Louvre, a miniature Eiffel Tower or, perhaps, the memory of something at once both brainy and sensual--a great meal or some fantastic, romantic dalliance? If you are playwright...
Break That Ground
From coast to coast, the construction of new theatres continues at an amazing rate. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WASHINGTON, D.C.: This past November, the Studio Theatre raised the curtains on its new three-building complex, christened the Metheny...
Editor's Note
Surveys indicate that, at different times, actors and students of acting have comprised up to 40 percent of American Theatre's readership. So the subject of how to fashion a coherent, productive, creative life as a working actor is one we return to...
Entrances & Exits
Vivienne Benesch and Ethan McSweeny are the new co-artistic directors at New York's Chautauqua Theater Company, the resident theatre and conservatory of the Chautauqua Institution. The two leaders, who are replacing outgoing artistic director Rebecca...
From the Redwood Forest ... to the Stages of Northern California's Festival of Ecodrama
As you drive north on Highway 101 out of San Francisco, the hills are covered with tall, dry, yellow grasses and scrubby oaks, validating California's moniker of "Golden State." Gradually the hills give way to mountains, and the gnarled oaks yield...
How to Pack the House (or Not)
There are no magic bullets. God knows, I wish there were--especially in these times. The 2004 fall theatre season has opened with a whimper, not a bang, for many theatres: Even in the face of critical raves, standing ovations and a true sense of...
In Memoriam
Cy Coleman -- renowned composer of such Broadway hits as Little Me and Sweet Charity--died in November of a heart attack at age 75. He was at work on the revision of Sweet Charity's score for a planned Broadway revival this spring. Born Seymour Kaufman...
Milwaukee, Wis.: Reality Tango
THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE, AND THAT'S where it stays in Yes. No. (Maybe So...), a new adaptation of Luigi Pirandello that runs through Feb. 20 at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. The town gossips are vibrating over the unusual living situation of a trio of...
Mr. Marmalade
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT Noah Haidle was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Mich. He graduated from East Grand Rapids High School, Princeton University and the Juilliard School. He has been in love three times: once during high school in Michigan, once...
New York City: Pilgrim's Progress
STEPHEN ADLY GUIRGIS'S NEW PLAY, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot--which opens at New York City's Public Theater in February in a LAByrinth Theater Company co-production directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman--hinges on the theme of betrayal, not unlike...
Operation 'Macbeth': How the Alabama Shakespeare Festival Took the Front Line in a New Cultural Campaign
THE CALL CAME WHILE I WAS REHEARSING Noises Off in March of 2003. Gigi Bolt, director of the theatre program at the National Endowment for the Arts, told me that she was calling at the request of the chairman, Dana Gioia, to propose an unusual project:...
She's in over Her Head: Ferocity, Thy Name Is Elizabeth Marvel
ELIZABETH MARVEL IS A FORCE OF NATURE--A UNIQUE creature in performance and in person. You can't take your eyes off her on stage, not just because her presence is electric but because you have to see for yourself just how far she'll go. Off stage,...
Size Matters: In the Micro-Universe of Toy Theatre, Startling Shifts in Perspective Require Audiences to Look Closely
Atiny ship navigates the treacherous sea near the North Pole and dodges icebergs as large as the menacing clouds that hang in the pale green sky--so low they seem to swallow the miniscule vessel, making it temporarily disappear. In this austere landscape,...
St. Paul, Minn.: Love (and Race) as a Contact Sport
There are elements of autobiography embedded in Slippery When Wet, a play about an interracial attraction fraught with tensions. So while playwright Suzen Murakoshi herself initiated the role of Helen in the play's early productions, during the mid-1990s,...
Tour of Duty: ASF's Lady Macbeth and Company Bring Shakespeare's Soldiers to Life for the U.S. Military
THURSDAY, SEPT. 9, 2004 We did a final tech/dress tonight for an invited audience at Maxwell Air Force Base here in Montgomery, Ala. I must say it was thrilling to play for a military audience. Macbeth seems to speak directly to them and their world....
True Grit: Actor-Playwright Ruben Santiago-Hudson Sticks to His Guns-And Lands on Broadway and HBO
THE PHONE CALL CAME JUST DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS, but beneath the wrapping was a gift Ruben Santiago-Hudson could not accept. "I have good news and bad news," his manager told him. The young actor had only recently arrived in New York, "a country...
Twenty Questions
Four-time Tony-winner WILLIAM IVEY LONG designed the costumes for The Producers, Hairspray and the revival of La Cage aux Folles. In April, Long will work on his 50th Broadway musical (Sweet Charity, with Christina Applegate) and his first Tennessee...
Washington, D. C.: Playing a 'Lost' Saxophone
The 1928 Broadway premiere of Sophie Treadwell's Machinal was a milestone in a burgeoning experimental movement in American playwriting. Under the influence of European Expressionism, many American writers were toying with form to convey a more subjective...