Sunday, November 29, 2020

Elaine Elinson

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

ONSTAGE The crowd of weary travelers staggered on stage—some in elegant jewel-toned salwar khameez and saris, some in ragged dhotis and shawls. They carried bedding, a battered trunk, a...

‘Watch on the Rhine’ chimes uneasily with our moment

ONSTAGE In 1941, when she wrote Watch on the Rhine (playing at Berkeley Rep through January 14), Lillian Hellman would have had no idea of the mass murder of millions...

‘The Secret Garden’ blooms with wonder and beauty

ONSTAGE The Secret Garden has been on Broadway, in the movies (since 1949!), and performed at probably every regional theater in the country at least once. But 42nd Street...

A historian watches ‘Girls of the Golden West’

Opera-lover Elaine Elinson is the coauthor of Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California, winner of a Gold Medal...

‘The Normal Heart’ still beats ferociously at Theatre Rhino

ONSTAGE In the opening line of The Normal Heart (through Nov. 25, Theatre Rhinoceros at the Gateway Theater, SF), a young gay man in a hospital waiting room, turns...

Onstage: Roaring through life with ‘Eva’

ONSTAGE When Eva Malloy (Julia McNeal) muses "It’s a lifelong journey, isn't it, shaking off a Catholic childhood?" a knowing chuckle ripples through the audience. Yet as the play...