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. 17, No. 7, September

A Lively Theatre
There's a revolution afoot in THEATRE DESIGN believes architectural Consultant RICHARD PILBROW, that takes its cue from the three-dimension paces OF centuries past The 20th century has not been a good time for theatre architecture. In the years...
And Now for Something COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
When Monty Python's Graham Chapman died of cancer in 1989, many fans mourned the end of an era. While it's true that an oxidized version of Chapman has made the occasional appearance at various Python events--most notably at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival...
A Stranger in the House
SEES HIMSELF AS A PSYCHIC TRESPASSER It's Christmas Eve, 1975, and my stepfather tells me that he has to go on a road trip. I ask if I can tag along. We drive for hours. I fall asleep with my head on his lap. When I wake up, we are in the driveway...
Board Adds 4 New Members
Four new members have been elected to serve four-year terms on TCG's board of directors. The new members are: GARY ANDERSON, co-founder and producing artistic director of Detroit's Plowshares Theatre. Since founding Plowshares in 1989, Anderson...
Desire and Difference
Translating Tennessee Williams's poetic cadences into sign language may seem a risky undertaking. But the challenge was a familiar one for Ed Waterstreet, artistic director of Deaf West Theatre, the first professional resident sign-language theatre...
Dream Spaces
These interviews were conducted by Shazia Ahmad, Stephen Nunns, Jim O'Quinn and Celia Wren. WHAT'S MORE DAUNTING--AND MORE EXHILARATING--THAN THE CHALLENGE OF CREATING A NEW FACILITY? EIGHT AMERICAN COMPANIES REVEAL WHY THEY'RE DOING IT. BERKELEY...
Editor's Note
With the political conventions in full swing as this issue goes to press, there's an Orwellian chill in the air that dampens a writer's confidence in the verity and usefulness of language. Here, one might observe, is an edition of American Theatre...
Entrances & Exits
The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, home of the annual Playwrights Conference in Waterford, Conn., has pegged Howard Sherman as its new executive director. He succeeds the theatre's founder and, to date, only executive director, George C. White, who...
God Is in the Numbers
Playwrights, like mathematicians, have discovered the mysterious arid the sacred in numerical certainty Hypatia has been spotted, alive and well, in New York City. In Mac Wellman's latest play, Hypatia, or The Divine Algebra, produced at Soho Rep...
Growing the Art in Times of Plenty
TCG's Theatre Facts 1999 uncovers an improved financial picture--and some worries about long-term stability The record-setting U.S. economic expansion is playing quite well on the stages of America's nonprofit theatres, often leading to expanded...
Holiday for String's
Marionette master RONNIE BURKETT makes puppetry a head-spinning experience--for adults only HERE'S THE SCENE: IT'S WINTER. 1982, IN CALGARY, Alberta. The Prairies are a kind of rough-and-tumble place under the best of circumstances, and February...
It Would Have Been Shakespeare's Choice
FOUNDED IN 1986, CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE Theater--then known as Shakespeare Repertory--gave its first performance on the terrace of the Red Lion Pub in Lincoln Park. How times change! Today CST readies its roster for a second season in its $22-million,...
James Joyce's the Dead
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT Richard Nelson's plays include Goodnight Children Everywhere, The General from America, New England, Misha's Party (co-written with Alexander Gelman), Columbus and the Discovery of Japan, Two Shakespearean Actors, Some Americans...
Letters to the Editor
A DOG'S OWN STORY As the president of the Collie Anti-Defamation League, I feel compelled to point out that while there may be miniatures of collies, there is no such thing as a "miniature collie"--"affable" or not--as referred to in your editor's...
Neil Patel REAL PLACES
A designer who traffics in metaphor comes down to earth Watching the Pulitzer-winning Dinner with Friends, one can almost imagine climbing onstage, grabbing a thick slice of lemon polenta layer cake and settling in with Donald Margulies's characters...
Notes on Fornes (with Apologies to Susan Sontag)
The best way to wrap your mind around the plays of Maria Irene Fornes, critic STEVEN DRUKMAN contends, is to abandon all hope of understanding them LAST YEAR NEW YORK'S Signature Theatre dedicated its season to the plays of Maria Irene Fornes. The...
Promise and Progress
You'll notice a new approach to this year's edition of Theatre Facts, Theatre Communications Group's report on our annual fiscal survey of nonprofit theatres. In past years, we published the complete report as a special section of American Theatre....
Shedding More Light on Bright Room
A new production calls into question the future of a controversial, mutating character Tony Kushner's 1987 drama A Bright Room Called Day is a small play, very different from his monumental Angels in America, which appeared four years later. Nevertheless,...
St. Louis Woman Hangs Her Hat in Philly
Prince's revival series off to a melodious start, with Vernel Bagneris front and center The last time St. Louis Woman played Philadelphia, it was 1946, and the all-black musical was on its bumpy way to Broadway. The show has a past as checkered...
The Grunge and the Glory
Three years ago, in the middle of a cruel and rainy April when I was one month into the job we rather grandly termed "artistic director elect," I went out on a date with a New Haven native, a wonderful woman who is now my wife. My utterly charming...
The New Theatre
The legendary American architect Frank Lloyd Wright had distinctive ideas about how to improve theatre design, although history conspired to keep those ideas on a theoretical level. Aside from small theatres installed in his Taliesin compounds in Arizona...
THE Sky above, THE MUDBELOW
A LOUISIANA COMPANY'S UNIQUE THEATRE WAS CRAFTED FROM A HOG BARN WHEN ROYAL SHAKESPEARE Company veteran Barry Kyle arrived at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 1992 to teach advanced theatre directing, he and his actress wife Lucy Maycock...
Why Can't We All Just Get along? We Can
You might think of it as the longest intermission in history. The first time the entire national theatre community decided to get together, it was 1974. Nonprofit theatres were gaining momentum, but they had money problems; Broadway was in decline,...
Wright on Stage: Monsters and Miracles
Visionary. Eccentric. Unabashedly egotistical. Frank Lloyd Wright is one of those figures who seem to invite hyperbolic labeling. Having self-dramatized during his lifetime, Wright tempts others to put his story onstage four decades after his death....