Monday, September 21, 2020

Elaine Elinson

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On Veterans Day, let’s also remember those who fought for the right to dissent

When Robert Simmons, an African American man from Savannah, Georgia, was brought to the foggy, windswept island of Alcatraz in the winter of 1918, he was thrown into the...

No men, no boats, no problem: ACT’s ‘Men on Boats’ is wild ride

ONSTAGE The first thing you notice about Men on Boats at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater (through December 16) is that there are no men and there are no boats. Well, I take that...

A timely, unrelenting family drama unfolds at Magic Theatre

ONSTAGE When Annie (Martha Brigham) opens the front door of her family home at the beginning of Magic Theatre's "The Resting Place" (through November 4), dressed in knee-high boots and...

ACT’s ‘Sweat’ asks: When does class solidarity end and racism begin?

ONSTAGE  The tavern setting is a familiar trope for American theater and television—think Langston Hughes’ Simple series, Casablanca, The Iceman Cometh, or Friends. It offers both an intimate setting where habitués share their...

Review: ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ has powerhouse vocals, timely resonance

ONSTAGE When Quasimodo (Alex Rodriguez) and Esmeralda (Alysia Noelle Beltran) sit perched on a railing in the bell tower of Notre Dame looking down on Paris and sing “Top...

Hattie McDaniel’s pioneering, tumultuous life—in song

ONSTAGE What most people know about Hattie McDaniel is that she was the first African American woman to win an Oscar, for her outstanding performance as Mammy in “Gone With...

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

ONSTAGE There should be more tummlers.    A Walk on the Moon (at ACT through July 1), brings you right into the world of Jewish summer vacationers in the Catskills—where overworked...

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

ONSTAGE Since the #MeToo movement burst on the scene, it has illuminated the epidemic of sexual harassment that has long afflicted women in all kinds of jobs—from agricultural workers...

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

ONSTAGE "You lost a brother, I lost my family. You lost a brother, I lost my whole country… I lost everything I had." With this scathing refrain, Quang (James Seol),...

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

ONSTAGE If hearing about an intimate drama with two couples—one youthful, one aging—trying to figure out their relationships automatically conjures up "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," John Kolvenbach’s new...