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.

• CONSTELLATIONS: What would appear to be a conventional love story tracking the ups and downs, over time, in the relationship between a beekeeper and a quantum physicist is anything but conventional in this extraordinary play by Nick Payne which unfolds across multiverses. Performed seamlessly and luminously by Graham Rowat and Kate Baldwin — for whom this play seems to have been tailor made — Payne's narrative explores all the possibilities, all the choices and the consequences of the choices we make as scenes are played and replayed and replayed yet again — same words, entirely different emotional contexts each time. Touching, affecting, richly nuanced, this is theater of a very special kind (Aug. 11). Closes Aug. 27. Evenings — Monday through Thursday at 7; Friday and Saturday at 8. Matinees — Thursday and Saturday at 2. (1 hour 5 minutes — no intermission)

Berkshire Theatre Group, Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., Stockbridge. Tickets — $50. 413-997-4444; berkshiretheatregroup.org; in person at Colonial Theatre box office, 111 South St., Pittsfield, and Fitzpatrick Main Stage box office, 83 E. Main St., Stockbridge

OR,: Liz Duffy Adams has constructed a smart, sly sophisticated farce about 17th century British spy, poet and playwright Aphra Behn and her effort to give up the spy game and complete her first play — a commission from the Duke's Theatre — while romantic intrigue involving her sometime lover King Charles II; her former lover and colleague in the spy business, William Scot; and actress Nel Gwynne swirls around her on the night before her manuscript is due. An immensely talented cast of three plays, among them, roughly half a dozen characters with seamless skill and robust style (Aug. 6). Closes Sept. 4. In rotating repertory — selected evenings at 7:30 and afternoons at 2. (1 hour 35 minutes — no intermission)

Shakespeare & Company, Tina Packer Playhouse, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Tickets — $80-$20. (413) 637-3353; shakespeare.org; in person at Shakespeare & Company box office on site

UGLY LIES THE BONE: A badly scarred, severely injured veteran of the war in Afghanistan returns to her Florida home after her third tour of duty to pick up the pieces of her life and heal from wounds that are not only physical but which also reach deep into the marrow of her emotional being in Lindsey Ferrentino's drama. Christianna Nelson gives a steady, if somewhat cautious, performance as the deeply scarred veteran, Jess, in a production that also feels cautious and nowhere near as courageous as its central character (June 30). Closes Aug. 28. In rotating repertory — selected evenings at 8:30 and afternoons at 3. (1 hour 32 minutes — no intermission)

Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Tickets — $60-$20. (413) 637-3353; shakespeare.org; at box office — 70 Kemble St.


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