• Noor Theatre

    Near East

    What does it mean for a theater company to create American work on Middle Eastern themes? Ryan Davis notes the founding of Noor Theatre, a new group devoted to staging plays by U.S.-based artists of Middle Eastern descent.

  • Theatre for One

    Dancing By Themselves

    Imagine a theater with just one performer--and just one audience member watching them. In her roving "Theatre for One," Christine Jones created just that.

  • NTUSA's "Chautauqua!"

    Road Shows: Chautauqua! and The Provenance of Beauty

    Two recent American “road shows” upend traditional relationships between place and performance—is there a connection? In her essay review, Miriam Felton-Dansky goes on the trail, following NTUSA’s Chautauqua! and The Foundry Theatre’s The Provenance of Beauty. Both productions, she writes, bounce “back and forth across well-worn divides of their own re-creation.”

  • Grotowski's "The Constant Prince"

    Reports from the Grotowski Year

    UNESCO designated 2009 as the “Year of Jerzy Grotowski,” spurring a worldwide flurry of academic and artistic activity. So what new things did we learn about the director and his legacy? Kathleen Cioffi and Stephen Nunns review the year’s events and offer critically-informed answers.

  • William Gillette's "Secret Service"

    Marc Robinson's The American Play

    Is drama a neglected form of American culture—or an unavoidable blindspot? Alan Ackerman weighs the question in his essay review of The American Play, Marc Robinson’s panoramic study of American playwriting since the eighteenth century (Yale University Press, 2010).