Times' Ben Brantley, Eagle's Jeffrey Borak headline Aug. 16 Conversation: Tickets

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STOCKBRIDGE — The next installment in The Berkshire Eagle's Conversation Series brings together two veteran theater critics for a wide-ranging discussion on theater in the Berkshires and beyond.

"An Evening with the Critics" features Ben Brantley of The New York Times and Jeffrey Borak of The Eagle on Aug. 16 on the Fitzpatrick Main Stage at Berkshire Theatre Group's Stockbridge Campus. The doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the Conversation runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now at berkshireeagle.com/criticsevening.

In this Conversation, The Eagle is partnering with Berkshire Theatre Group to feature the critics in a robust discussion about the state of theater and the role of criticism today.

Moderated by Eagle Executive Editor Kevin Moran, the Conversation ought to shed light on how theater critics think and work, and what role the critic has in today's media environment.

Moran said he'll aim to get the critics to open up about their most memorable performances and productions and to share their best stories about the theater and what they regard as the most important reviews they've written.

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Eagle theater critic Jeffrey Borak, left, and New York Times critic Ben Brantley, will be the guests at the next Berkshire Eagle Conversation Series on Aug. 16.
Eagle theater critic Jeffrey Borak, left, and New York Times critic Ben Brantley, will be the guests at the next Berkshire Eagle Conversation Series …

Brantley is the co-chief theater critic for The Times, where he has been on staff since 1996. He reviews from London, New York and the Berkshires.

Before joining The Times, he wrote for The New Yorker and Vanity Fair.

"He is the editor of two books of New York Times theater reviews and a recipient of the George Jean Nathan Award for theater criticism," states his biography on The Times' website.

Borak is The Eagle's entertainment editor and theater critic. On staff at The Eagle since 1986, he has reviewed virtually every play that has mattered in the Berkshires since then, while also reviewing regional performances from the Capital District of New York to Hartford, Conn.

Before joining The Eagle, Borak spent 15 years at The Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal, where he served as the paper's first full-time entertainment editor and theater critic. He is a member of the American Theater Critics Association.

The Fitzpatrick Main Stage is on the Main Campus at Berkshire Theatre Group at 83 E. Main St. in Stockbridge. Tickets are $18, or $15 for Eagle subscribers and Berkshire Theatre Group Passholders. Get tickets at berkshireeagle.com/criticsevening or call 800-245-0254.


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