Today American Theatre releases the first episode of its new podcast, Three on the Aisle. Featuring drama critics Peter Marks, Terry Teachout, and Elisabeth Vincentelli, Three on the Aisle is a podcast from New York about theater in America.
Three on the Aisle joins Offscript, American Theatre’s podcast on all things theatrical, and can be heard and downloaded from posts on americantheatre.org as well as via iTunes and Stitchr. American Theatre is a publication of Theatre Communications Group, the national service organization for U.S. not-for-profit theaters.
“This is a great, exciting, scary time to look at and think about theater in America, and what it tells us about the world we live in,” says Vincentelli, a contributor to The New York Times, The New Yorker, Newsday, and The Village Voice, and a regular guest on the TV show Theater Talk. “The three of us have different backgrounds, different tastes, different opinions. Let a thousand spirited discussions bloom!”
“Elisabeth, Terry and I all love the theater—you can’t do our job if you don’t—but our tastes don’t always coincide,” says Marks, chief drama critic for the Washington Post, a position he’s held since 2002, after spending a decade at The New York Times and co-authoring the business book Good for the Money. “That’s what made the idea of a regular get-together to talk out our differences, passionately but civilly, so attractive.”
“This isn’t going to be a show about three critics sitting in a room, swapping here’s-what-I-saw-last-week chatter,” adds Teachout, drama critic for The Wall Street Journal, critic-at-large for Commentary, and the author of biographies of Louis Armstrong, George Balanchine, Duke Ellington, and H.L. Mencken. “There’ll be some of that, but we’re even more interested in engaging with the issues that are shaping the American theater scene right now.”
In the first episode, Peter, Terry, and Elisabeth talk about their theatrical tastes, discuss the state of political theater in the Age of Trump, and pick the shows they’re most excited about seeing in the first half of the 2017-18 season. Future episodes will feature guest panelists from around the country and will touch on such topics as the problem of earning a living in regional theater, the fast-growing prominence of female stage directors, the growing dominance of small-cast plays, and the challenges and rewards of solo shows.