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

H DANCING LESSONS. Mark St.


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Germain’s enormously appealing new play tracks the relationship that develops over the course of a week between a professional Broadway dancer who’s been sidelined by a serious leg injury that could end her career and an autistic geoscientist who wants her to teach him a few dance steps so he can maneuver around the floor at a banquet at which he will be honored. Smartly written, shrewdly directed and, above all, performed with grace, uncommon skill and insight by two actors -- Paige Davis as the dancer, Senga Quinn, who is as emotionally wounded as she is physically damaged, and John Cariani as the, by turns, endearingly vulnerable and commanding Ever Montgomery -- who define these characters and make them both well worth spending 95 minutes with (8/20). Through Aug. 24. Eves.: 8 Thu.-Sat. Mats.: 2 Fri.; 5 Sun. (1:35)

Barrington Stage Company, Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield. Tickets: $20 and up. (413) 236-8888; barringtonstageco.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

KING HENRY IV, PARTS 1 & 2. Director-actor Jonathan Epstein has compressed the two separate parts of William Shakespeare’s "King Henry IV" into one play that juxtaposes time periods in its exploration not only of the making of a king and kingdom but also the journey of a son who rejects his royal and filial obligations and walks on the wild side in the constant company of a profligate narcissist until time and circumstance force him to make a choice. As long as this adaptation focuses on Epstein’s compelling, nuanced Henry and/or Henry Clarke’s charismatic Prince Hal, the production is effective. Unfortunately, for the most part, this rambling, jumbled, often awkwardly staged affair is left in the hands of a company of inexpert young actors and wannabes whose blend of sincerity and earnestess is an unsatisfying substitute for skill and stage know-how.(8/6). In rotating repertory through Aug. 31. Selected evenings and afternoons. (3:09)

Shakespeare & Company, Tina Packer Playhouse, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Tickets: $10-$80. (413) 637-3353; shakespeare.org

H SHAKESPEARE’S WILL. Actress Kristin Wold is at the top of her craft in this deftly 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