What's playing on Berkshire stages this week
Capsules include publication date of review, closing date of production, performance schedule and production running time.
Critic's choise denotes a highly recommended critic's choice.
A COMEDY OF TENORS
Ken Ludwig's farce picks up several years after the events in its companion piece, "Lend Me a Tenor." The setting is a posh hotel suite in Paris in 1936 only hours before impresario Henry Saunders, former general manager of Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is about to stage a three-tenors spectacular in a nearby soccer stadium. But plans begin to unravel in this goo of mistaken identity and pride gone awry. This play should move with giddy self-assurance. Instead, we have a fitful, hit-and-miss production of a play that, rather than end with a comedic punch, simply trails off into the ether (8/23). Through Sept. 3. Matinee — Sunday at 2. 1 hour, 40 minutes
Oldcastle Theatre Company, 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt. Tickets: $39. 802-447-0564; oldcastletheatre.org
Aaron Tveit wasn't born yet when this landmark Stephen Sondheim musical bowed in Broadway in 1970 but watching his incandescent, masterly performance in this beautifully shaped, musically perfect production, it feels as if the role — a bachelor who, on the occasion of his 35th birthday, realizes how empty his well is despite being surrounded by a circle of married friends —was written with him in mind (8/20). Through Sept. 10. Evenings — Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 (no Tuesday performance Sept. 5); Thursday through Saturday at 8. Matinees — Friday at 2; Sunday at 5 (Sept. 10 matinee at 3). 2 hours, 39 minutes
Barrington Stage Company, Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield. Tickets; $72-$15. 413-236-8888; barringtonstageco.org
THE WHARTON COMEDIES: ROMAN FEVER / THE FULLNESS OF LIFE
There is a certain comfort-food-with-class feeling about Dennis Krausnick's stage adaptions of Edith Wharton's material, especially when they are performed and directed with the impeccable taste and understanding of these two plays. Diane Prusha, Corinna May and David Joseph take the measure, and then some, of these two one-acts — one of them involving a reckoning between two American widows vacationing in Rome with their daughters; the other about a marred woman who learns some life lessons after she passes away and steps over the threshold into the afterlife (8/24). Through Sept. 10. Selected afternoons and evenings at 3 and 7:30. 1 hour, 34 minutes
Shakespeare & Company, Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Tickets: $65-$25. 413-637-3353; shakespeare.org
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