Saturday, December 5, 2020

Elaine Elinson

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Review: ‘Toni Stone’ hits a home run (and you can watch it on your couch)

Editor's Note: In the wake of its theaters shutting down, ACT is streaming its plays Gloria (reviewed here) and Toni Stone, reviewed below on opening night by Elaine. To...

Review: ‘Gloria’ reveals what lurks beneath office culture’s bright lights

If you’ve ever worked in an office—and, face it, who hasn’t—the stage set for Gloria (through April 12 at ACT's Strand Theater) will feel very familiar to you. There’s...

Review: ‘Mimi’s Suitcase’ packs a lot in, but destination is cloudy

Even before the play begins, a red suitcase is in full view, slightly stage right, on an otherwise empty set. During the course of the play, the eponymous suitcase will...

Review: Hanukkah with the Klezmatics? You bet your latkes.

On December 22, The Klezmatics celebrated the first night of Hanukkah at the SFJAZZ  but—unfortunately for San Franciscans—unlike the oil in the Macabees’ lamp, they didn’t stay for eight...

With women at its center, ‘Amaluna’ sparkles and charms

I can’t even count how many times I held my breath or clutched on to my seat.  Or put my palms over my eyes, peaking through my fingers. But if...

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

Even as the audience files in, we are already part of the play, or rather, the exhibition. Atung (Will Dao) sits in front of an elaborate brocade curtain lit...

Monsters of our moment lurk in this ‘Othello’

“Oh, beware, my lord of jealousy! It is the Green-eyed monster which will mock the meat it feeds on!” Iago’s chilling warning to Othello has come to epitomize this...

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

ONSTAGE It is the waning days of the Mughal Empire. The Emperor’s rebellious son is leading an uprising. Famine stalks the land. But you would never know any of this disaster...

‘Where would we be without the Isley Brothers?’

“Where would we have been without the Isley Brothers?”  Paul McCartney asks, clutching the mike and turning to guitar player Ernie Isley. “We would still be in Liverpool!” The crowd...

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

ONSTAGE Isn’t trampling other people exhausting work? The vein on your forehead bulges from the strain of being greedy. This is the question that Shen Te, a prostitute with a heart of...