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. 26, No. 8, October

20 Questions
Let Me Down Easy has gone through several directors. What did each bring to this evolving piece? Stephen Wadsworth brought in quite a lot dramaturgically, in addition to his great imagination and good spirit. Regrettably, he's doing The Ring this...
Asian Americans Tighten Bonds
NEW YORK CITY: What was once a loose alliance of troupes banding together for a biennial festival is now a formal nonprofit. Twelve companies have created a national network, the Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists (CAATA), to organize...
Beyond Identity: Courage Is Raelle Myrick-Hodges's Watchword as She Succeeds Brava's Founder and Makes This San Francisco Company Her Own
HER MANAGING DIRECTOR CALLS IT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR DISORDER, or ADD. It's when an artistic director starts speaking in tangents, because she has so many functions--so many spheres to keep track of. Kind of an extreme form of multitasking. It's been...
Command Performances: A Seattle Arts Supporter Commissioned a Play for His Wife's Birthday. the Play-And the Fundraising Idea-Have Lived On
KNOW SOMEONE HUNTING FOR A NOVEL BIRTHday gift, for that loved one who has everything? Do they have a chunk of change for a gift you can't wrap up in glitzy paper and a big bow, but which might keep on giving and giving and giving? Why not suggest...
Courage in Design
SYRACUSE, N.Y., AND PRAGUE: Out with the retrospective--and in with the cutting-edge. That, in a nutshell, will be the curatorial approach for the U.S. national pavilion currently being organized for the 12th Prague Quadrennial (PQ), which runs for...
David Zinn Clunky Is In: Get This Designer on Your Wavelength, and Almost Anything Might Happen
"I USE THE WORD CLUNKY A LOT TO DESCRIBE what interests me," says designer David Zinn. "A big ugly shape, I kind of finessed, thick but also very sensual and beautiful--if there's a way to get all that in, that's become my agenda for both scenery and...
Editor's Note
DON'T TURN THE PAGE. Before you delve more deeply into this oversized, information-packed Season Preview issue of American Theatre (where certain clues are lurking), I have a puzzle for you to solve. Glance again at the four elegant and rather mysterious...
Eurydice: Artists Repertory Theatre
Randall Stuart, DIRECTION: The key diving-off point for our production of Eurydice was the work of turn-of-the-century cartoonist and sketch artist Winsor, 'McCay, who is beloved for his cartoon series Little Nemo in Slumberland. Since I knew that...
House of Sympathy Cards
"IN WHAT WORLD DOES A MAN WHO'S JUST LOST his entire life want to eat canned tuna with noodles and mushroom soup? Seriously. Tell me," wonders the recently widowed Walter Wells in Julie Marie Myatt's new play The Happy Ones, which runs through Oct....
Indigenous Spirits: A Minneapolis Troupe and an Australian Singing Ensemble Mix It Up to Convey Their Kindred Cultures
IN MANY WAYS, NORTHERN LIGHTS/SOUTHERN Cross: Tales from the Other Side of the World is a far greater undertaking than simply a musical play about brain trauma and indigenous cultures. An international and cross-cultural collaboration between two arts...
Killer Tuners: (Or, There Will Be Blood)
NEW YORK CITY, LA JOLLA, CALIF., & ST. LOUIS, MO.: Blame it on Sweeney Todd, if you will: A spurt of new musicals is singing bloody murder. These latter-day moritaten for notorious killers memorialize the romantic (Bonnie and Clyde), the apocalyptic...
Kushner's Children of the Revolution: An Operatic Family Drama in the Manner of Miller Is the Centerpiece of a Guthrie Tribute
NEAR THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO THE STRIKING new Guthrie Theater stand huge steel panels embossed with photographs of seven titans of modern drama: Chekhov, Shaw, O'Neill, Williams, Miller, Hansberry and Wilson. With its unprecedented Tony Kushner Celebration,...
Partners for Progress
IN THIS SEASON PREVIEW ISSUE, I WISH TO dedicate a few words to out national performance community. Like theatres, many in our sister performing-arts disciplines are in the midst of launching new seasons of programming. Not everyone has a season that...
Raising the Stakes: Now Firmly Ensconced in Boston, Peter Dubois Seeks to Transform Huntington Theatre Company into "A 360-Degree Experience"
IT MUST TAKE AN ARMY OF BLACKBERRY-toting staff members to keep track of the comings and goings, the plans, the ideas and the sudden brainstorms of Huntington Theatre Company of Boston's artistic director Peter DuBois. He's a whirlwind of activity,...
Russia's Brave New Wordsmiths: They're Coming to Baltimore and Elsewhere in the U.S., and They're Telling It like It Is
IT'S BEEN A TEMPESTUOUS YEAR FOR AMERICAN-Russian relations. But on the third floor of the Meyerhold Centre in Moscow, where the 2009 Russian Case festival is slowing to a conclusion in mid-April, the U.S.'s relationship with Russia may he on reset--at...
Season Preview 2009-10
A COMPREHENSIVE LISTING OF PRODUCTIONS, DATES AND DIRECTORS AT TCG THEATRES NATIONWIDE PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES DOZENS OF THEATRE PROFESSIONALS PICK THEIR MOST-ANTICIPATED WORKS OF THE NEW SEASON, WHETHER THEY'RE CLOSE TO HOME OR FAR, FAR...
Serrand-Epp-Ity
When the Southern Theater of Minneapolis announced its 2009-10 performing arts season last summer, careful observers plucked a golden nugget from the lengthy press release: a one-man show running Oct. 22-25 directed and designed by Dominique Serrand,...
Side by Side against Genocide
Politically inspired artists could take a few tips from The Iliad, which has stood the test of time with its penetrating insights into some of the less palatable aspects of human nature--brute force, the will to power, the cyclical nature of oppression....
Still Fresh, Less Flesh: Celebration Theatre's Michael Shepperd Makes the Case That Los Angeles Still Needs a Gay Theatre
ONE WAY TO SUM UP THE CONTRADICTIONS THAT INSPIRE AND CONSTRAIN LOS ANGELES'S small, gay-centered Celebration Theatre, now in its 28th year: A city border bisects its dressing room. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "The Celebration is split," notes Michael...
The Fine Art of Listening: In Measuring the Dallas Pulse, Kevin Moriarty Discovers That Thinking Big Is the Only Way to Go
THE CRYSTALLINE FACADE PANELS OF DALLAS THEATER CENTER'S BRAND-NEW DEE AND CHARLES Wyly Theatre are designed to pivot open, luring the outside world into the performance hall. Pedestrian onlookers might glimpse rehearsals through the glass, while working...
The Offbeat Ethos of Austin: Music, Money and an MFA Program Have Turned This Texas Town into a Bastion of the New
MOST U.S. CITIES OF A CERTAIN SIZE HAVE AN experimental theatre scene--one that's young, adventurous, low-budget and ... small. That's because in most cities, "experimental" is synonymous with alternative, and alternative is usually the little brother...
The Queens Mirror: The Bustling Theatre Scene in NYC's Most Diverse Borough Is All about Putting the Neighborhood on Stage
"EVERYTHING YOU COULD WANT YOU'D FIND right in Queens," says John Guare of his Queens childhood in the intro to The House of Blue Leaves. Today, more than half of the population of Queens was born in another country, and that's one reason Guare's statement...
Veterans Sound Off
LOS ANGELES: The military puts its recruits through a barrage of tests before they are deemed "fit for service." They are trained to function in life-threatening situations. They see, hear and do things most civilians would rather not imagine. So why...