What's playing on Berkhsire stages this week

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.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare

An enchanting original score by Alexander Sovronsky and an utterly beguiling ending are not enough to lift this production of The Bard's fanciful, savvy comedy about love's labors out of its disappointing pedestrian mode (10/7)/ Through Oct. 8. Evenings — Friday and Saturday at 8. Matinees — Saturday and Sunday at 2. 2 hours, 28 minutes

Hartford Stage, 50 Church St., Hartford, Conn.
Tickets — start at $25. 860-527-5151; hartfordstage.org

GOD OF CARNAGE by Yasmina Reza. Translated by Christopher Hampton

What begins as a civilized conversation between two sets of parents trying to resolve the aftermath of an altercation between their two 11-year-old sons that left one of them injured turns into a knock-down-drag-out verbal brawl of wit and class imperatives. Who knew that blood sport could be so invigorating, so stimulating, so richly entertaining? (9/20). Through Oct. 8. Evenings — Friday and Saturday at 7:30. Matinees — Saturday and Sunday at 3. 1 hour, 24 minutes

Shakespeare & Company, Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St., Lenox.
Tickets — $65-$25. 413-637-3353; shakespeare.org

LOST LAKE by David Auburn

A dilapidated lakeside summer cabin is the setting for this insightful, beautifully acted play about a black single mother and the cabin's owner, a shiftless man whose life clearly is at odds and ends, who, despite the differences in their lives, find accommodation and commonality as they each work through the consequences of the choices they have made (10/6). Through Oct. 22. Evenings — Thursday through Saturday at 7. Matinees — Saturday and Sunday at 2. 1 hour, 30 minutes

Berkshire Theatre Group, Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., Stockbridge.
Tickets — $50. 413-997-4444; berkshiretheatregroup.org


Opening on area stages Monday through Oct. 15

THE LAST WIFE by Kate Hennig. Previews begin Friday; press opening, Sunday afternoon

A contemporary reimagining of the relationship between Katherine Parr, Henry VIII's sixth and final wife, and the King.

WAM Theatre, Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-3353; tickets.shakespeare.org; wamtheatre.com/the-last-wife


Closing on area stages Monday through Oct. 15.

BROADWAY BOUND by Neil Simon. Closes Oct. 15

In this conclusion of Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical Eugene trilogy. Eugene and his brother Stanley are trying to break into the world of professional comedy writing, while coping with their parents' messy and gut-wrenching split.

Oldcastle Theatre Company, 311 Main St., Bennington, Vt. 802-447-0564; oldcastletheatre.org

SEX WITH STRANGERS by Laura Eason. Closes Oct. 15

Sex, love, literature, the Internet, art and commerce make for a volatile mix in this two-character comedy-drama about a woman writer trying to get back on her artistic feet after the failure of her first novel years earlier and an ambitious, audacious young man who, after having written two hugely successful books based on his blog about his daring sexual exploits with women he meets in bars, wants to be take seriously.

Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 N. Pearl St., Albany. 518-445-7489; capitalrep.org                                                                            


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