What's on Berkshire stages this week
Capsules include publication date of review, closing date of production, performance schedule and production running time.
Critic's choice denotes a highly recommended critic's choice.
Set in 1949 in Brooklyn's Brighton Beach section, this third play in Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical "B" trilogy — "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and "Biloxi Blues" are the first two plays — traces, with warmth, affection and heartrending understanding and insight, another rite of passage in the life of a young man with ambitions, along with his brother, of becoming a successful comedy writer, even as his own family is barely hanging together. Director Eric Peterson has gathered an expert ensemble of veteran actors who more than take the measure of this play — perhaps Simon's best writing — in a revelatory production that doesn't miss a nuance or a beat. Funny, poignant, smart; a winter's tale that throbs with the promise of spring's renewal (10/12). Through Sunday. Matinee — Sunday at 2. 2 hours, 22 minutes
Oldcastle Theatre Company, 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt. Tickets: $39. 802-447-0564; oldcastletheatre.org
Patrick Hamilton;s Victorian thriller about a narcissistic sociopath who is systematically driving his wife insane is given a credible, generally entertaining production, driven by Mark H. Dold's chillingly masterly portrayal of the dangerously self-absorbed and cruelly controlling Jack Manningham and Kevin O'Rourke's robust, skillfully crafted portrayal of a retired detective who has reason to believe that Bela Manningham's (Kim Stauffer) loosened grip on reality is not of her own doing (10/11). Through Oct. 22. Evenings — Wednesday and Thursday at 7; Friday and Saturday at 8. Matinees — Saturday at 2; Sunday at 3. 2 hours, 22 minutes
Barrington Stage Company, Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield. Tickets: $49-$15. 413-236-8888; barringtonstageco.org
A dilapidated lakeside summer cabin is the setting for this insightful, beautifully acted play about a black single mother and the cabin's owner, a shiftless man whose life clearly is at odds and ends, who, despite the differences in their lives, find accommodation and commonality as they each work through the consequences of the choices they have made (10/6). Through Oct. 22. Evenings — Thursday through Saturday at 7; added performance Wcdnesday evening at 7. Matinees — Saturday and Sunday at 2. 1 hour, 30 minutes
Berkshire Theatre Group, Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., Stockbridge. Tickets — $50. 413-997-4444; berkshiretheatregroup.org
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