A digest of what's playing on stages in and around the Berkshires based upon reviews by Berkshire Eagle theater critic Jeffrey Borak. Capsules include publication date of the review, closing date of the production, and production running time.
H denotes a highly recommended critic's choice. THE 39 STEPS. An innocent night out at the theater turns into murder, mystery and mayhem for a bored Canadian back in his native England as he is framed for a murder and pursued across England and Scotland by the police and Nazi spies as he, in turn, seeks answers in this madcap four-actor romp based on John Buchan's 1915 novel and Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 film. The timing and rhythm are a bit rough and effortful but with a cast as expert as this -- Jason Asprey, Josh Aaron McCabe, David Joseph and especially Elizabeth Aspenlieder, whose comedic chops are in full array -- that roughness has every prospect of smoothing out as the run progresses (10/4). Through Nov. 7. Eves.: Fri., Sat. 7:30; Oct. 18 and Nov. 1 at 7:30. Mats.: Sat., Sun. 2. (2:17)
Shakespeare & Company, Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Tickets: $50-$15. (413) 637-3353; www.Shakespeare.org