What's playing at area theaters

A digest of what's playing at area 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 running time.

- denotes a highly recommended critic's choice.


Playwright Anna Ziegler comes at the issue of sex on college campuses with blazing freshness and insight as two freshman at Princeton — one a handsome young African-American male; the other a sometimes beside-herself young Jewish white woman — have opposing positions on whether the sex they had after a night of drinking and partying was consensual or rape. Perfectly acted and directed, this memorable production raises important issues without once descending into polemics and debate (8/19). Through Sunday. Evenings — Friday and Saturday at 8. Matinee — Saturday at 3:30; Sunday at 2. 1 hour, 26 minutes

Williamstown Theatre Festival, Nikos Stage, '67 Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. Tickets: $58. 413-458-3253; wtfestival.org


This new musical about a once-top-of-his-field Hollywood producer — during the time of the communist witch hunts and blacklist of the 1950s — whose painful memories of that past are stirred up again when a modern day filmmaker wants to make the semiautobiographical film the producer never got to make is filled with ambition, creative thinking and a tuneful score but it keeps shooting itself in the foot with a wildly uneven pace; conversation that deteriorates into polemics or cliche; plot developments that seem either arbitrary or logic-defying. What propels this production is Jeff McCarthy's galvanic performance as the producer, Joseph Lindy; and a superb supporting cast, led by a captivating Lora Lee Gyer as the actress love of Lindy's life (8/11). Through Sunday. Evenings — Friday and Saturday at 8. Matinees — Saturday at 3:30; Sunday at 2. 1 hour, 53 minutes

Wiliamstown Theatre Festival, Main Stage, '62 Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. Tickets; $68. 413-458-3253; wtfestival.org


What begins as an average, uneventful Sunday for a married textbook editor in New York turns into something fateful and life-changing. Director Eric Hill and a pitch-perfect three-member cast take hold of these two plays, written and then paired by Albee 45 years apart, and examine with bristling insight what it means to communicate, and not communicate. Just as he did two summers ago with Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming," Hill gets under the skin of Albee's material and what he uncovers is untidy, unsettling, poignant, sad, haunting. Welcome back to the theater, Mr. Hill. (7/31). Through Aug. 26. Evenings — Monday through Thursday at 7; Friday and Saturday at 8. Matinees — Saturday at 2. (2 hours, 9 minutes)

Berkshire Theatre Group, Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., Stockbridge. Tickets: $52. 413-997-4444; berkshiretheatregroup.org


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