What's playing on Berkshire stages
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 GOAT, OR, WHO IS SYLVIA?
Edward Albee's sly, witty, potent drama about a marriage and all the assumptions upon which a trusting, loving relationship are built are smashed and left in ruin when the wife learns that her devoted husband of 22 years has fallen in love with a goat is given a smart, razor-sharp production that features two go-for-broke performances — David Adkins as Martin, a just-turned-50-award-winning architect who would seem to have it all, and Jennifer Van Dyck as his witty, smart, loving wife, Stevie — that leave nothing on the stage (6/5). 1 hour, 44 minutes. (Note: This production is for adult audiences)
Berkshire Theatre Group, Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., Stockbridge. Through June 15. Evenings — Wednesday and Thursday at 7; Friday at 8. Matinee — Saturday at 2. Tickets — $56. 413-997-4444; berkshirethratregroup.org
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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