A digest of what's playing on stages in and around the Berkshires based upon reviews by Berkshire Eagle theater critic Jeffrey Borak. Capsules include publication date of the review, closing date of the production, performance schedule and production running time.
H denotes a highly recommended critic's choice.
MACBETH. For all the high-volume passion that charges through the vast inventively arranged playing space at Hubbard Hall, this strangely unatmospheric production of Shakespeare's classic is one missed opportunity after another; full of sound and overspent fury that, in the end, signifies, if not nothing, then certainly little (3/16). Through March 24. Eves.: Fri., Sat. 8. Sun. 2. (2:23).
The Hubbard Hall Theater Company, Hubbard Hall, 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. Tickets: $25-$15. (518) 677-2495; www.hubbardhall.org
THE LIAR. David Joseph's captivating title-role performance anchors this otherwise uneven treatment of David Ives' adaptation of Pierre Corneille's comedy about an adventurous young man in Paris for whom the unimagined life is far too dull so he invents and reinvents himself in the pursuit of love. The production doesn't fully grab hold until the second half of the second act but it is sustained throughout by a steadily driving pace and some alert, shrewdly crafted performances around Joseph, chiefly Dana Harrison as diametrically opposed identical
Shakespeare & Company, Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Tickets: $50-$15. (413) 637-3353; www.Shakespeare.org.