What's on stage in the Berkshires
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. ACCOMPLICE. What appears to be idle conversation over cocktails between a husband and his wife turns into a convoluted series of something elses in this comedy-thriller about a romantic square that piles one reversal upon another in a play that is far too clever for its own good. Despite the game efforts of an experienced and resourceful cast, what barely holds together in the first act falls apart completely in the second in a display of playwright hubris (10/2). Through Nov. 10. Eves.: Fri., Sat. 7:30. Mats.: Sat., Sun. 2. (2:35)
Shakespeare & Company, Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Tickets: $50-$15. (413)b 637-3353; shakespeare.org
H CLYBOURNE PARK. The ways in which we reveal latent racial prejudice may be the framework for Bruce Norris' extraordinary and unsettling prize-winning play but so much more is involved as, in the first act, a white couple unable to come to terms with a wrenching family tragedy sells their house in an exclusively white middle-class neighborhood in Chicago to a black family from the city's South Side and, in the second act, set 50 years later in the same house in the same neighborhood, a young black couple is selling the house to a white couple whose plans to tear it down and rebuild it in a style that goes against the neighborhood's architectural character becomes a lightning rod for deeper matters. A superbly crafted production in which the lessons are pointed, the memory haunting and indelible (10/5). Through Oct. 13. Eves.: Thu. 7; Fri., Sat. 8. Mat.: Sun. 3. (2:06)
Barrington Stage Company, Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield. Tickets: Start at $20. (413) 236-8888; barringtonstageco.org
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