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. 7, September

20 Questions
JOHN EPPERSON, the artist principally known as LYPSINKA, has written a new play, My Deah, debuting this month at the Abingdon Theatre Company in New York City. Lypsinka's latest show, The Passion of the Crawford, recreates Joan Crawford's performance...
Articles of Faith: Can Conservative Christianity Find Expression on the Stage? and Is There Even Such a Thing as Christian Theatre?
STAN DENMAN BUILT HIS HOUSE NEXT DOOR to his church in tiny Robinson, Tex., where his gate opens onto the church property. The proximity was deliberate, not coincidental, and so was the location of the gate, which Denman walks through three times a...
Bringing Up the House: Audiences Come into Focus at the 2006 TCG Conference
DURING THE OPENING PLENARY OF TCG'S 2006 National Conference in Atlanta, director Anne Bogart explained why she would not think of giving up the theatre: "I'm in love," she said, "with what happens in the morning when an actor wakes up, and somewhere...
Considering the Moment
For years, upon opening American Theatre, I turned first to From the Executive Director to see what Ben Cameron had been thinking about recently. Sometimes he was pondering a new idea, other times he brought context and insight to a perplexing issue,...
Global Spotlight
Mindelo, Cape Verde MINDELACT (FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE TEATRO DO MINDELO): Arguably the premier festival in Portuguese-speaking Africa, Mindelact hosts mainstage productions from around the world as well as workshops and exhibits, a fringe-like...
Henry Hewes: 1917-2006
Henry Hewes, dean of American theatre critics and founder of the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA), didn't just show up at plays and review them. More than merely at the theatre, he was of the theatre. He therefore spelled the key word...
How to Dream a Man: Eight Countries Collaborate in the Philippines on the Borges Project
Ich hab' im. Traum geweinet Mir traumte, du lagest im Grab. I wept in my dream I dreamed you were lying in the grave. --Robert Schumann, Dichterliebe Lying on the floor, sleeping, are the Americans--one in a fitful slumber and the other...
In Cahoots with Tony Taccone: The Director Has Made Playing Well with Others His Specialty
IT'S BEEN AN EXTRAORDINARY YEAR FOR TONY TACCONE. He directed Tony Kushner's acclaimed adaptation of the World War II-era children's opera Brundibar, which opened a sold-out run in April at the New Victory Theater in Times Square--just two blocks away...
Iphigenia Gets Down
"I didn't want to write about the Greeks," complains playwright Caridad Svich. But after reading Iphigenia at Aulis for a workshop, Svich changed her mind. "I became angry with Euripides as a writer," she avows. "His Iphigenia didn't have a voice."...
Is Gehry Radical or Hack?
ACROSS THE COUNTRY: He's already conquered Los Angeles (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theatre), Chicago (Millennium Park Music Pavilion and Great Lawn) and Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. (the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College)....
Lloyd Richards: 1919-2006
My first image of Lloyd Richards will unquestionably outlast all the others I have of him, and it will do that because for me personally it captures an essential quality of this remarkable and beautiful man. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I had just...
Love's Labor's Lost: Shakespeare Theatre Company
Michael Kahn, DIRECTOR: The Royal Shakespeare Company asked us to bring over one of the comedies done in an American style, so we thought we could have fun with Love's Labor's Lost. Many scholars feel the play is a direct satire of the fashion of academe...
Mark's Good Stuff
PORTLAND, ORE.: Leave it to Mark Russell to restore the place of theatre as a time-based art. Inside the high-falutin' hallways of museums, such practices as video art, moving images, kinetic sculpture, electronic pieces, sonic art, even performance...
No More Mr. Nice Guys
ORIGINALLY KNOWN FOR THEIR WILD comic zaniness, the Chicano theatre troupe Culture Clash has taken a new direction in their latest work, Water & Power, playing at the Mark Taper Forum through Sept. 17. Says playwright and founding member Richard...
Puzzling over Vivian
PHOEBE RUSCH IS HARDLY YOUR average teenager. At 17, the Interlochen Arts Academy senior is already a produced playwright. Raisin and Nutella, the first play she ever wrote--as a freshman, yet--won a prize and received a production at Chicago's Northlight...
Shake, Rattle & Troll
Epic story short: "We essentialized it," says Michael Fields, producing artistic director of Dell'Arte International, whose The Liar: The Peer Gynt Project squeezes every drop of noir juice out of Henrik Ibsen's sprawling 1867 verse drama. The whole...
Tennessee at Land's End
PROVINCETOWN, MASS.: "P-Town," the artists' colony and gay resort at the tip of Cape Cod, is reclaiming Tennessee Williams. Taking place Sept. 28-Oct. 1, the first annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival hopes to restore the impact the New...
The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow
The Evolution of Rolin Jones An interview with the playwright BY KATHRYN WALAT KATHRYN WALAT: The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow has had productions across the country over the past two years and a Pulitzer nomination this past spring. What...
T. Ryder Smith: Thinking Man's Actor: An Abundance of Ideas Fuels the Prolific Downtown Artist's Work
T. Ryder Smith never meant to become an actor. "I agree with whoever it was who said, 'You don't become an actor as much as you realize you are one,'" he says. "It's a mystery to me that I act at all because I'm an intensely shy and solitary person."...
What We See When We Look at War; How Photographs Shaped the Drama of the War Anthology
Photography is the advent of myself as other. --Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida (1980) "A war. Feel that. Try and sit and feel that. We need to learn to look at each other harder." [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] So yearns a photographer's assistant...