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. 23, No. 10, December

20 Questions
BLYTHE DANNER has scored plenty of laughs in TV and film lately. But she's also a veteran stage actor, acclaimed for her Tony-winning turn in Butterflies Are Free (1970) as well as her work in Pinter's Betrayal (1980) and revivals of A Streetcar Named...
A Little Nemo Music
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA.: Mickey is determined to make all your dreams come true--and the Mouse has put Peter Brosius, artistic director of Minneapolis's Children's Theatre Company, in charge of the underwater ones. Brosius is helming the transposition...
Blue Door
Voices from the Past An interview with the playwright [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SARAH HART: What was your impulse in writing Blue Door? Did you have a story you wanted to tell? TANYA BARFIELD: I started with the history....
Cambridge, Mass.: Notes from the Underground
IMAGINE AN UNDERGROUND NIGHTCLUB where world-weary, war-weary civilians go to chop onions and cry. After they unleash their pent-up emotions, music lulls the customers back to normal life. This is the setting of one of the eeriest chapters in German...
Can Gurney and Simpson Save Civilization? Maybe Not, but for the Playwright/director Team, Putting Politics on Stage Is a Start
FIVE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH, when arts organizations in post-9/11 Lower Manhattan were desperate to draw people downtown, the tiny Flea Theater in Tribeca began previews of a play that would become, simultaneously, a star-studded monster hit and a salve...
Drama on the Border: A Feisty Arizona Theatre Dives Headlong into the Immigration Debate
We're not going to seal the border--we can't. When I hear congressional and media people saying, "Shut the border," I think to myself, "They've never seen the border." You can't possibly have been to the Arizona-Mexico border and believe that is possible. --Arizona...
Editor's Note
"THEATRE," Vaclav Havel remarks in his 1990 book Disturbing the Peace, "is always a sensitive seismograph of an era, perhaps the most sensitive one there is; it's a sponge that quickly soaks up important ingredients in the atmosphere around it." It's...
Eurydice: Yale Repertory Theatre
Les Waters, DIRECTOR: The photo above shows the meeting between Eurydice and the Lord of the Underworld (transformed into a child), who has appeared to ask if she's comfortable in the land of the dead. Usually this story is told from Orpheus's point...
Give Me a Big Break
CYBERSPACE, TELEVISION AND NEW YORK CITY: Democracy isn't just for November! First, help decide who will win the Hairspray "Big Bop-per Dance Topper" contest sponsored by Ladles' Home Journal. Online polls and a judging panel, including cast members...
Kristin Marting: Here and Now; Running an Indispensable Performance Center May Be the Least of Her Talents
Calm, down-to-earth, warm, confident, grounded, approaching 40--that's Kristin Marting at a superficial glance. When she starts talking about theatre, though, her entire body seems to vibrate with urgency and her words dance in an energetic choreography...
Let Them Eat Bread: New York's Civic Repertory Theatre Provided an Alternative to Broadway's Cake
"America represents the world hope of the attainment of lofty ideals in dramatic arts," Eva Le Gallienne enthused to George Pierce Baker's students at Yale in 1925. "The myth of European supremacy in the arts is fast fading.... Let us make the theatre...
More Tragic Than Tricky
LONDON AND NEW YORK CITY: He was wrong when he told us, "They won't have Nixon to kick around anymore." This season brings us not one but two provocative plays about the American president who took such a terrible, tragic fall. In London, Frost/Nixon...
New York City: Close Encounters
FROM A BRIEF SYNOPSIS, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's new play appears to be about alien abduction. (Makes sense: The young New York-based writer already has shows under his belt about deep-sea monsters, ghosts and bogeymen.) But as Dark Matters unfolds,...
Nilaja Sun: A Teacher to Her Roots; Her One-Woman Show Gives Audiences an Inside Look at Public Schools
On a hot summer night teaching artist Nilaja Sun is wrapped in a blue wool scarf and sips steaming chamomile tea. She radiates the air of a drained battery already beginning to recharge. Immediately following the 60 minutes of physical and verbal gymnastics...
No Rush for Cheap Seats
NEW YORK CITY: Attention young scholars: Getting inexpensive tickets for an Off-Broadway show just got easier. All you have to do is register with an e-mail address for a discount code, look online to see what shows are on offer (most in previews),...
Washington, D.C.: Have a Kinky Little Christmas
LONELY NORTH ENGLAND PERVERTS and Elvis impersonators: Plays with those ingredients seem to get a leg up at Washington's Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Three years after Lee Hall's lewd, unbuckled Cooking with Elvis comes the U.S. premiere of Charlotte...
Wishing Well
'TIS THE SEASON ... and I take this moment to wish each of you cheer, joy and peace. It also seems the perfect time to draw up a holiday wish list of a different kind--my dreams and hopes for our field. It's a somewhat random list: Several of the...
Young Blood
NEW YORK CITY: It's not that there haven't been plays about the war in Iraq. But it's rare for them to be written from the perspective of teens from working-class neighborhoods. "We don't think of the war as a youth issue," points out director Brian...