A digest of what's playing at theaters in and around the Berkshires based upon reviews by Berkshire Eagle theater critic Jeffrey Borak. Capsules include publication date of review, closing date of production, performance schedule, and production's running time.
H denotes a highly recommended critic's choice. PRIVATE LIVES. Stylish, fast-paced presentation of Noel Coward's cunning comedy about a volatile couple -- Elyot Chase (a witty, playful, Peter Panlike David Joseph) and Amanda Prynne (Dana Harrison, a galvanic force of nature) -- who, five years after their divorce, are thrown into each other's lives, quite by chance, on their respective honeymoon night with a new spouse (2/27). Through March 30. Eves.: Fri., Sat. 7 (no evening performance March 8). Mats.: Sat., Sun. 2 (no matinee March 22). 2:03.
Shakespeare & Company, Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Tickets: $15-$50. (413) 637-3353; shakespeare.org
10x10 NEW PLAY FESTIVAL 2014. For the most part, an engaging, well-acted and directed collection of 10 new 10-minute plays that, by luck of the draw, explore the connections and opportunities -- some lost, some missed, some discovered or rediscovered -- in our lives. Of particular note: "The Possethsion," a devilishly funny and clever piece about a mother and father wrestling with the implications of having a demonically possessed 12-year-old daughter; "I Love You," in which a father and his adult son try to reach across a cafe table and years of neglect to make a long overdue connection; and "Lost and Found," a haunting monologue delivered by a middle-aged woman whose missing car keys are emblematic of more profound losses in her life (2/20). Through March 2. Eves.: 7:30 Sat.; 7 Sun. Mats.: 3 Sat., Sun. (2:07)
Barrington Stage Company, St. Germain Stage, Sydelle and Lee Batt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield. Tickets: $25, $30. (413) 236-8888; barringtonstageco.org