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.

HOLY LAUGHTER: A young Episcopal priest in her early thirties tries to find her place as she administers her first parish in a building that's falling apart and is bleeding money and parishioners. She also has to deal with an aggressive black woman minister from a rival church who is poaching congregants. Like its central character, Abigail, this play — which is being given a valiantly acted developmental workshop presentation — is very much in search of itself. There is no cohesive narrative spine — just a lot of ideas that are brought up for no particular purpose and which lead nowhere. Rather than bring us to some defined point at the end, playwright Catherine Trieschmann substitutes a feel-good kumbaya dance as the play's final statement.


Until Trieschmann decides what she wants to say and how she wants to say it, this draggy two-hour two-act play is a long way from being ready for primetime (Nov. 7). Through Nov. 22. Evenings — Thursday through Saturday at 7:30. Matinees — Sunday at 2. (2 hours 2 minutes)

Info: WAM Theatre, St. Germain Stage, Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield. Tickets — $40-$15. (413) 236-8888; WAMTheatre.com