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

DESIGN FOR LIVING.


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Director Tom Story makes somewhat explicit what Noel Coward wouldn’t in 1933 when he wrote this substantive comedy that traces, over them course of nearly four years, the ins and outs of a ménage a trois among a successful young playwright named Leo, a successful young artist named Otto, and Gilda, an interior designer who has yet to fully come into her own. But in the hands of cast that is a bit younger than the characters they portray, this production seems very much about three tiresome, self-absorbed kids at play in an adult world. It all wears thin quickly. In the end, Coward’s threesome are welcome to their own company (8/7). Through Aug. 16. Eves.: 8 Mon., Tue., Thu.-Sat.; 7 Wed. Mats.: 2 Sat. (2:40).

Berkshire Theatre Group, Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., Stockbridge. Tickets: $48. (413) 997-4444; BerkshireThratreGroup.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 OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON. The charms of PigPen Theatre Co.’s inventively told tall tale about how the moon got to be the way it is buckles under the weight of a dense narrative that often feels longer than its 103-minutes. It’s not giving away anything surprising to say that the moon does regain its lost luster; so does "The Old Man and the Old Moon" -- only just (8/11). Through Aug. 17. Eves.: 7:30 Tue.-Thu.; 8 Fri., Sat. Mats.: 2 Thu., Sun.; 3:30 Sat. (1:43)

Williamstown Theatre Festival, Nikos Stage, ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main St. (Route 2), Williamstown. Tickets: $55. (413) 597-3400; wtfestival.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