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. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. This 1930s New Orleans-tinged production of Shakespeare’s enchanting romance doesn’t fully spring to life until midway through the second half when the four mismatched lovers collide in the woods in a brilliantly executed rough-and-tumble display that is a showstopper in every good sense of the word. Otherwise, the inconsistently applied New Orleans flavor is a wasted opportunity that offers little in style and even less by way of insight. Ultimately, the success of this production rests with the performances which run the gamut from sincerely applied inexperience to capable to exceptional (7/5). In rotating repertory through Aug. 30. Selected evenings and afternoons. (2:50)

Shakespeare & Company, Tina Packer Playhouse, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Tickets: $15-$80. (413) 637-3353; shakespeare.org

A NUMBER. Cloning is the framework for a deeper examination of the dynamics of a father-son relationship as a sixtysomething man named Salter faces the consequences of a series of self-centered decisions when he comes face to face with three versions of his cloned son.


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As Salter and each of his three sons, Larry John Meyers and Jay Stratton, respectively, are absolutely on the mark in a crisp, lucidly directed, expertly performed production whose 60 minutes are more satisfying and rewarding than many productions of other plays running twice, or more, as long (8/5). Through Aug. 10. Eves.: 8 Wed.-Sat. Mats.: 2 Thu., Sun. 1:01.

Chester Theatre Company, Chester Town Hall, 15 Middlefield Road, Chester. Tickets: $30, $35. 1-800-595-4849.

CEDARS. Over the course of five hospital visits to his comatose father, a 54-year-old Los Angeles defense attorney reviews the not inconsiderable failures of his life in an attempt to find some rapprochment with an emotionally abusive father who cannot hear him, let alone respond. As Gabe, the lawyer, James Naughton delivers these monologues with efficiency and a clinical detachment that makes it even more challenging to feel any kind of empathy for Gabe or connection with his past, present or future (7/31). Through Aug. 9. Eves.: 8 Thu.-Sat.; 7 Wed. Mats.: 2 Sat. (1:24)

Berkshire Theatre Group, Fitzpatrick Main Stage, 83 E. Main St., Stockbridge. Tickets: $42-$62. (413) 997-4444; BerkshireTheatreGroup.org

JULIUS CAESAR. Director Tina Packer’s inventive, if, at times, precious Bare Bard approach to Shakespeare’s muddled political drama reverberates with currency even if the setting remains ancient Rome. (7/22). In rotating repertory through Aug. 30. Selected evenings and afternoons. (2:13)

Shakespeare & Company, Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Tickets: $10-$60. (413) 637-3353; shakespeare.org

H SHAKESPEARE’S WILL. Actress Kristin Wold is at the top of her craft in this expertly written, lyrical one-woman play about William Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway, as, in the hours after his funeral, she reflects on the rewards and challenges of her life as the playwright’s wife and mother of their three children, one of whom, their son, Hamnet, dies tragically at the age of 11 (6/4). In rotating repertory through Aug. 24. Selected evenings and afternoons. (1:35).

Shakespeare & Company, Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Tickets: $80-$10. (413) 637-3353; shakespeare.org

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED). A jaunt through all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays -- 36 of them in the first half and "Hamlet" in an interminable second act. This generally ho-hum, effortful production -- performed by a trio of experienced actors -- is good for a few honestly earned laughs here and there (7/29). In rotating repertory through Aug. 24. Selected evenings and afternoons. (2:19)

Shakespeare & Company, Tina Packer Playhouse, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Tickets: $15-$80. (413) 637-3353; shakespeare.org

THE GOLEM OF HAVANA. From Barrington Stage Company’s Musical Theatre Lab comes this affecting, smartly conceived, written and performed musical about a family of Hungarian Jewish emigres to Havana, Cuba who fled Hitler 15 years earlier and who now face some tough choices as Fidel Castro and his rebels advance on a crumbling Batista regime. The symbolism is a bit thick at times but, without getting on a soapbox, this seamlessly integrated piece has insightful things to say about courage, conviction and the power of imagination (7/31). Through Aug. 10. Eves.: 7:30 Wed.-Sat. Mats.: 3 Thu., Sat., Sun. (1:58)

Barrington Stage Company, St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield. Tickets: $48 and up. (413) 236-8888; barringtonstageco.org

THE VISIT. Chita Rivera is stunning in a beautifully restrained portrayal of Claire Zachanassian, the richest woman in the world, who returns to her hometown, after having been run out when she was 18, to seek justice for injustices committed against her by her then lover, Anton Schell (Roger Rees in a performance that values extravagance over truth) in Terrence McNally (book), John Kander (music) and Fred Ebb’s (lyrics) earnest, if uneven, musical version of a play by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, brought to the stage in a highly theatrical production by inventive director John Doyle (8/6). Through Aug. 17. Eves.: 7:30 Tue.-Thu., 8 Fri., Sat. Mats.: 2 Thu., Sun.; 3:30 Sat. (1:33)

Williamstown Theatre Festival, Main Stage, ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. Tickets: $70. (413) 597-3400; wtfestival.org