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.

• AMERICAN SON: Barrington Stage is bringing back its must-see, pitch-perfect world premiere production of Christopher Demos-Brown's brilliantly crafted, penetrating drama about a separated mixed race couple trying to get some answers from the police about the disappearance of their 18-year-old son. There's a lot in this intense, truthfully acted piece about black-police relations, family, marriage, identity, class but Demos-Brown handles it with impressive skill and focus. His play is enhanced from a first-rate cast that makes achingly real the devastating human damage — collateral and otherwise — in an America sharply divided by class and race. (Originally reviewed June 27). Closes Sept. 25. Evenings — Wednesday and Thursday at 7; Friday and Saturday at 8. Matinee — Sunday at 5. (1 hour 21 minutes — no intermission)

Barrington Stage Company, Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield. Tickets — $69-$20. (413) 236-8888; barringtonstageco.org; in person at box office

THE COCKTAIL HOUR: A.R. Gurney Jr.'s play about an adult son who makes a visit to his parents to gain his father's approval of a play the son has written in which the central character is based upon his dad gets erratic, at best, treatment in a production that values artifice over art (Sept. 14). Closes Sept. 25. Evenings — Friday and Saturday at 8. Matinee — Sunday at 2. (2 hours — including one intermission)

The Theater Barn, 654 Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y. Tickets — $27, $25. 518-794-8989


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