What's playing on stage this week in the Berkshires

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.

Critic's choice denotes a highly recommended critic's choice.

Critic's choice


Aaron Tveit wasn't born yet when this landmark Stephen Sondheim musical bowed in Broadway in 1970 but watching his incandescent, masterly performance in this beautifully shaped, musically perfect production, it feels as if the role — a bachelor who, on the occasion of his 35th birthday, realizes how empty his well is despite being surrounded by a circle of married friends — was written with him in mind (8/20). Through Sept. 10. Matinee — Sunday at 3. 2 hours, 39 minutes

Barrington Stage Company, Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield. Tickets; $72-$15. 413-236-8888; barringtonstageco.org


There is a certain comfort-food-with-class feeling about Dennis Krausnick's stage adaptions of Edith Wharton material, especially when they are performed and directed with the impeccable taste and understanding of these two plays. Diane Prusha, Corinna May and David Joseph take the measure, and then some, of these two one-acts — one of them involving a reckoning between two American widows vacationing in Rome with their daughters; the other about a marred woman who learns some life lessons after she passes away and steps over the threshold into the afterlife (8/24). Through Sept. 10. Selected afternoons and evenings at 3 and 7:30. 1 hour, 34 minutes

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


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