Berkshires Stages

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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.

A • denotes a highly recommended critic's choice.

CAMPING WITH HENRY AND TOM: When a their car crashes into a tree, damaging the car, seriously wounding a deer and leaving them stranded in the Maryland woods during a camping trip, industrialist Henry Ford seizes the occasion to press President Warren G. Harding into yielding to his political ambitions while inventor Thomas Edison plays referee. This night of back-room politics al fresco unfolds in a capably acted, workmanlike production of a neatly constructed workmanlike play (Oct. 12). Closes Oct. 23. Evenings — Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30; Friday and Saturday at 8. Matinees — Saturday at 2; Sunday at 3. (2 hours — including one intermission)

Barrington Stage Company, Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield. Tickets — $20-$49. (413) 236-8888; barringtonstageco.org; in person at Boyd-Quinson Mainstage box office

• THE BAKELITE MASTERPIECE: Based on a true incident, Kate Cayley's play about an art forger facing treason charges for selling a "found" Vermeer to Hermann Goering during World War II and his unusual effort to persuade the head of a post-war Dutch agency charged with investigating art appropriations that he, in fact, painted that "Vermeer" turns into a compelling, haunting, impeccably acted two-character study about the moral force of art, identity, authenticity, betrayal and how we define the truths of our lives (Oct. 10). Closes Oct. 23. Evenings — Thursday through Saturday at 7. Matinees — Saturday and Sunday at 2. (1 hour 12 minutes — no intermission)

WAM Theatre and Berkshire Theatre Group, Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St. (Route 7), Stockbridge. Tickets — $50. (413) 997-4444; berkshiretheatregroup.org; in person at Colonial Theatre box office, 111 South St., Pittsfield

THE RIDE DOWN MT. MORGAN: Arthur Miller's rarely produced — and with good reason — 1991 drama pivots around the fallout when a bigamist insurance mogul's two wives and adult daughter by one of them find out about each other as their husband recuperates from a near-fatal automobile accident. While the first act of this production moves with skill and galvanic clarity, the play on the whole is as messy and untidy as the life of its central character, Lyman Felt, and it ultimately all falls apart in the second half. "Why are you people talking such nonsense?" Felt rails at one point. Good question. More to the point — why should any of us care? (Oct. 17). Closes Oct. 23. Evenings — Wednesday through Saturday ay 7:30. Matinees — Thursday and Sunday at 2. (2 hours 5 minutes — including one intermission)

Oldcastle Theatre Company, 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt. Tickets — $37. (802) 447-0564; oldcastletheatre.org


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