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. 9, November

20 Questions
JOANNE WOODWARD is best known as a stage and film actress, but her crowning role in recent years has been running the venerable Westport Country Playhouse in southern Connecticut. Next month she'll wrap up her sixth and final season as its artistic...
Aunt Ester's Children: A Century on Stage; This Essay, Which Serves as the Preface to King Hedley II (TCG Books), Was Written in the Spring of 2000, before the Playwright Had Begun the Final Two Plays in His 20th-Century Cycle. It First Appeared in the New York Times (April 23, 2000)
In 1975 I wrote a short story titled "The Greatest Blues Singer in the World." As it turned out, the text of the story was very short. I began, "The streets that Balboa walked were his own private ocean, and Balboa was drowning." That seemed to communicate...
Chicago: The Fawzi Family Circus
Kamal, the patriarch of the Fawzi clan, is having a tough Ramadan. While one son, Hamza, unconvincingly denies his attraction to men, the other, Tawfiq, has renounced Islam, and devout daughter Huwaida has cold feet about her arranged marriage. Over...
Cut above the Rest
Not to dis the entire fleet of Barbershop/Beauty Shop movies, since the original has got a few nappy things in it, but the franchise should really go back to the chair. After they've tossed the barbs, slung glib political potshots and served up sass,...
Editor's Note
When Heineken recently switched to a new, see-through label on its traditional green bottle, the change was announced with the slogan "Clearly, it's all about the beer." American Theatre feels the same way about the cover-to-cover graphic redesign...
Film Flam
ACROSS THE COUNTRY: So where's your major motion picture deal? These days, Shakespeare isn't the only theatrical player lounging at the poolside of a Beverly Hills mogul. In a strange twist of fate, real, living playwrights are seeing the fall and...
Flights of Fancy in a World of Trouble: Tony Kushner and Maurice Sendak Imbue a Pair of Holocaust-Era Operas with Vibrant Fantasy
Call it a May-December partnership. Tony Kushner and Maurice Sendak--two iconic American artists with 28 years separating them in age--have become more than just close personal friends. The playwright and author-illustrator of children's books have...
In the Age of Wilson
Welcome to the new AMERICAN THEATRE. We hope all of you share our excitement about our new format--the expansion into color (a move which offers us tremendous new visual possibilities, especially in representing the fantastic work of theatre designers),...
Live Flesh
NEW YORK CITY: You've only heard about her, but you've never actually seen her. So the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has asked Marina Abramovic to recreate her seminal pieces, as well as those of her performance-art peers, for seven consecutive nights,...
Michael Cerveris: Demon Baritone; He Can Sing, Act, Rock on the Acoustic Guitar-And Is a Sondheim Specialist
Stephen Sondheim's 1979 musical Sweeney Todd has returned to Broadway in an intimate, dark, almost clinical staging by British director John Doyle, originally conceived for England's Watermill Theatre in 2004 and performed by a cast of actor-musicians...
Radio Golf
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT August Wilson is the author of Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Fences, Two Trains Running, Jitney, King Hedley II and Radio Golf. These works explore the...
The Big Uneasy
NEW ORLEANS: As dazed evacuees waded through the filthy water and displaced New Orleans artists returned to flooded houses and ravaged streets, many theatre people from the region were openly wondering whether they'd ever get back to normal lives....
The Heat of the Moment: Two-Dimensional, Fixed in Time and Space, Eric Fischl's Paintings Still Manage to Be Utterly Theatrical
A woman, naked, sits upside-down on a tastefully upholstered chair in a spare, well-appointed bedroom, a touch of chinoiserie to the fabric and the tea table. The chair is delicate, barely large enough to contain the woman's posture, her bent knees...
The Light in August: An African Spiritual Strength Born of Adversity Undergirds August Wilson's 10-Play Cycle; an Interview by Suzan-Lori Parks
IN the middle of the summer, American Theatre magazine asked me if I would interview August Wilson for an article that would accompany the publication of Radio Golf, the last play in his unparalleled epic 10-play cycle. I'm a fan of Mr. Wilson's and...
The Rivals: Huntington Theatre Company
Nicholas Martin, DIRECTOR: The original version of this production, amazingly, was done for New York City's Acting Company, so it had to be loaded in a trunk for touring--the set pieces were on wheels, and so on. From the beginning, it was a youthful...
Through the Looking-Glass: As-Yet-Untried Strategies May Be the Key to Maintaining Artistic Gains-Even in the Face of Cutbacks and Audience Uncertainty
There must have been a palpable sense of relief when the first copies of Theatre Facts 2004 rolled off the presses in June. TCG's annual report on the fiscal health and attendance statistics of the not-for-profit theatre community showed that while...
Young, Almost Famous
NEW YORK CITY: The Juilliard School turned 100 this year, so its drama division has snagged the usual gaggle of alumni and luminaries to create plays and centennial-timed productions for its young acting students. This past October, Juilliard alumni...