Elaine Elinson

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Hattie McDaniel’s pioneering, tumultuous life—in song

Vickilyn Reynolds's latest musical production about the first African American Oscar winner had humor, pizzazz, and poignancy.

Blasting off from the Catskills in ACT’s ‘A Walk on the Moon’

World premiere musical takes on the social upheaval of the '60s with beautiful voices and plenty of chutzpah.

Review: ‘Disruption’ offers timely #metoo twist on tech scandals

3Girls Theatre Company’s latest dramatizes double standards in the workplace, with high stakes but a limited scope.

Flipping the script on a tragic war’s fallout in ‘Vietgone’

Qui Nguyen's exuberant comedy at A.C.T. presents the Vietnam War from the point of view of the refugees who fled to America.

The tale of an enduring marriage, sound effects included, in ‘Reel to Reel’

A world premiere at Magic Theatre brings strong performances, and a surprisingly different ear, to the stage.

Telling—and dancing—the tragic story of Partition in ‘The Parting’

EnActe and Noorani Dance Company's new piece relates many haunting tales from when India and Pakistan were forcibly separated by the British.

‘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.