What's on Berkshire stages this week, June 16-22

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These capsules are based upon reviews by Berkshire Eagle theater critic Jeffrey Borak. The capsules include the date the full review appeared in print.

'Critic's choice' indicates a highly recommended production.

THE WAVERLY GALLERY

Kenneth Lonergan's sly, observant, unsentimental play about a once vital, politically active, socially engaged family matriarch in mental decline and her family's determined efforts to minister to her needs while attending to their own is given a sluggish, at best effortful production that only begins to connect its dots in the second half. Annette Miller's performance in the pivotal role of the declining Gladys Green is emblematic of a production that struggles to find its voice. The true center here is held by Elizabeth Aspenlieder in a masterly, smartly crafted, impressively nuanced and focused portrayal of Gladys' adult daughter, Ellen, who is pushed to the edge as she tries to balance all the needs that have been deposited on her shoulders (5/30). 2 hours, 52 minutes.

Shakespeare & Company, Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Through July 14. Evenings — selected Fridays and Saturdays, and June 27, at 7:30. Matinees — selected Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 3. $25-$65. 413-637=3353; shakespeare.org

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