What's playing on stage this week

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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.



- CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD

Mark Medoff's Tony Award-winning 1980 drama about the relationship between a speech therapist at a school for the deaf and a proud, spirited deaf woman who insists on living her life on her own term, is given a lyrical, thoughtful, passionate production in the directorial hands of Kenny Leon. Lauren Ridloff makes a memorable acting debut as the woman, Sarah Norman, and Joshua Jackson delivers a brilliantly modulated, nuanced performance as the teacher, James Leeds (6/28). Through July 22. Evenings — Monday through Thursday at 7; Friday and Saturday at 8. Matinees — Wednesday and Saturday at 2. ASL signed performances — July 12 at 2 p.m.; July 21 at 8 p.m. OpenCaption seating available at all performances. (2 hours 33 minutes)

Berkshire Theatre Group, Fitzpatrick Main Stage, 83 E. Main St., Stockbridge. Tickets: $65. 413-997-4444; berkshiretheatregroup.org



CYMBELINE:
William Shakespeare's infrequently performed play about separated lovers set against the background of war is a fractured, overly written and conceived play by the Bard. Despite director Tina Packer's Bare Bard approach, her production is as fractured and overblown as the play itself. It's difficult to reconcile the Tina Packer of this production with the Tina Packer who created pure theatrical magic last season with her treatment of "The Merchant of Venice." This is more Spare Bard than Bare Bard. Through Aug. 6. Evenings — Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 (no evening performance Aug. 6). Matinees: Tuesday and Thursday at 2; Sunday Aug. at 2. (2 hours, 49 minutes)

Shakespeare & Company, Tinma Packer Playhouse, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Tickets: $75-$30. 413-637-3353; shakespeare.org



4000 MILES


Amy Herzog's gentle, compassionate, wise and loving play about a 21-year-old man in search of himself as he reconnects with his 91-year-old grandmother, Vera (Annette Miller), a lioness in winter, is given a clean, insightful, nicely acted production— particularly in the case of Gregory Boover's Leo (6/3). Through July 16. Selected afternoons and evenings. (1 hour 45 minutes)

Shakespeare & Company, Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Tickets: $65-$30. 413-637-3353; shakespeare.org



THE ROOMMATE

S. Epatha Merkerson stars as an Iowa divorcee and mother named Sharon who has been living a safe, uneventful life and Jane Kaczmarekcted ways. Jen Silverman's dark comedy falls short of its ambitions but Merkerson and Kaczmarek's undeniable chemistry and consummate skills make this play feel more fulfilling than it is (7/8). Through Sunday. Matinee — Sunday at 2. 1 hour, 42 minutes

Williamstown Theatre Festival, Main Stage, '62 Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main St. (Route 2), Williamstown. Tickets: $68. 413-458-3253; wtfestival.org; in person at '62 Center box office






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