As a former Chicago theatre person (artistic and then executive director of Free Street Theater, from 1991 to 2003), I was glad to see American Theatre devote an article to the wonderful ensemble scene in Chicago (“Stronger Together,” AT, Nov. ’19). But I found it “curious” that the writer neglected to mention perhaps Chicago’s oldest functioning theatre ensemble, Curious Theatre Branch. Curious has been devoted to new work for more than 30 years, having produced Rhinofest long before the first “Fringe” for most of that…
Readers respond to our about our October special issue on small theatres.
Responses to a piece about diversifying improv, and a profile of the great Laurie Metcalf.
In defense of post-show talkbacks, and in praise of a playwright’s candor.
Readers respond to a provocative play about race and to a searching essay about theatrical heartbreak.
A concern about cover art, props for our content, and a clarification about living legend Joy Carlin.
‘Our Town’ is not wasted on the young, and fatness onstage should be embraced in all its implications.
Responses to stories about sexual harassment and ‘Angels in America,’ plus a unique cancellation request.
College students question an editorial in which a university professor lamented the hurdles of teaching Kushner’s gay fantasia.
Why one reader prefers Philly’s 1812 Productions to ‘SNL,’ and others fear for the future of criticism.