Monday, September 21, 2020

Elaine Elinson

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Wilkommen to the ever-relevant ‘Cabaret’

ONSTAGE Probably most of us can remember the first time we saw Cabaret (at SF Playhouse through September 14). For many it would have been the groundbreaking movie directed by Bob...

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

ONSTAGE Ten years after Oedipus El Rey premiered at the Magic Theatre, Luis Alfaro’s drama is being staged there as a legacy revival, again directed by artistic director Loretta Greco. (Through...

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

ONSTAGE If you think it unlikely that an absurdist comedy about raging rhinoceroses in a small French town could resonate deeply with the concerns of today’s audiences, you would...

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

ONSTAGE Black Eagles (through March 31 at Marines' Memorial Theatre), now being staged by the African-American Shakespeare Company and directed by L. Peter Callender, illuminates a pivotal moment in US...

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

ONSTAGE A young woman frantically shouts into a graffiti-scrawled pay phone in a shabby airline terminal. She clutches a green handbag and tries to keep an eye on her red...

Review: ‘Fiorello!’ sets the LaGuardia legend to rousing music

ONSTAGE For those unfamiliar with Fiorello LaGuardia, the friend-of-the-working class Republican who fought Tammany Hall to become the 99th Mayor of New York City, the revival of the musical Fiorello!...

Review: In ‘Seascape,’ a day at the beach—with giant lizards

ONSTAGE Sparkling white sands spilling over the stage. Tufts of spindly sea grass. The sound of waves breaking gently in the distance, accompanied by a faint chorus of gulls....

Review: A marvelous Chinatown ride in ‘King of the Yees’

ONSTAGE In one intriguing scene in King of the Yees (at SF Playhouse through March 2), the Sichuan Face Changer (Jomar Tagatac) poses a riddle to playwright Lauren Yee...

‘Come From Away’ a record of human kindness in a post-9/11 tableau

On the morning of September 11, 2001, millions of Americans were glued to their television sets, watching the horrific images of planes crashing into the Twin Towers over and...

A rush of that ol’ razzle dazzle in ‘Crazy For You’

ONSTAGE Remember “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “I Got Rhythm,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” and “Embraceable You”? Can you hear these Gershwin tunes in your mind? Did you ever...