Elaine Elinson

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‘Watch on the Rhine’ chimes uneasily with our moment

1941 play at Berkeley Rep makes for gripping theater, and poses prescient questions about power, politics, and sacrifice.

‘The Secret Garden’ blooms with wonder and beauty

With outstanding young lead Katie Maupin, 42nd Street Moon's production of this classic has charm -- and lovely voices -- to spare.

A historian watches ‘Girls of the Golden West’

A new opera purports to tell the overlooked stories of women and people of color during the Gold Rush. How close does it hew to facts?

‘The Normal Heart’ still beats ferociously at Theatre Rhino

Larry Kramer's searing 1985 play about the dawn of AIDS melds anger and anguish into powerful theatre -- and remains sadly timeless.

Onstage: Roaring through life with ‘Eva’

"The Eva Trilogy" at Magic Theatre follows a prickly, fascinating woman's lifelong journey to shake off a Catholic childhood.