Elaine Elinson

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Review: A fiery intellect bound by exoticism in ‘The Chinese Lady’

Rinabeth Apostol's captivating performance anchors this searing look at one of American history's shameful chapters.

Monsters of our moment lurk in this ‘Othello’

African American Shakespeare Company’s production features a volcanic Moor caught in a vise of racism, misogyny, and jealousy.

Secrets, lies, and a roiling harem in ‘House of Joy’

An empire wanes, but women find their strength to carry on in Madhuri Shekar's play at Cal Shakes.

‘Where would we be without the Isley Brothers?’

Talking music, history, and Jimi Hendrix with a member of the legendary rock band that will play at Stern Grove this Sunday.

“What does it mean to be a good person?”

'The Good Person of Szechwan' at Cal Shakes delivers an invigoratingly moral, musical take on Brecht's agit-prop classic.

Wilkommen to the ever-relevant ‘Cabaret’

SF Playhouse production of the classic musical offers gangbusters entertainment while sending a chill down your fishnets.

Review: In ‘Oedipus El Rey,’ the wrecks of myth and mass incarceration

Transposed to LA in the Magic's revival, Luis Alfaro’s take on Sophocles mixes Latinx culture with ancient Greek tragedy.

Review: Herd mentality writ large (and snorting) in ‘Rhinoceros’

ACT stages menacing yet side-splitting tale of a society trampled by rampaging crisis.

Review: Tuskegee Airmen take flight again in ‘Black Eagles’

African-American Shakespeare Company production views heroic saga of segregated WWII squadron through poetic lens.

Review: Carrying the weight of diaspora in ‘Her Portmanteau’

Mfoniso Udofia's play at ACT Strand explores the complexity of mother-daughter relationships once circumstances have torn them apart.