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.



Critic's choice denotes a highly recommended production.



A COMEDY OF TENORS

Ken Ludwig's farce picks up several years after the events in its companion piece, "Lend Me a Tenor." The setting is a posh hotel suite in Paris in 1936 only hours before impresario Henry Saunders, former general manager of Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is about to stage a three-tenors spectacular in a nearby soccer stadium. But plans begin to unravel in this goo of mistaken identity and pride gone awry. This play should move with giddy self-assurance. Instead, we have a fitful, hit-and-miss production of a play that, rather than end with a comedic [punch, simply trails off into the ether (8/23). Through Sept. 3. Evenings — Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30. Matinees — Thursday and Sunday at 2. 1 hour, 40 minutes

Oldcastle Theatre Company, 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt. Tickets: $39. 802-447-0564; oldcastletheatre.org



Critic's choice

COMPANY

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. Evenings — Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 (no Tuesday performance Sept. 5); Thursday through Saturday at 8. Matinees — Friday at 2; Sunday at 5 (Sept. 10 matinee at 3). 2 hours, 39 minutes

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



FOLK

Small, too-unassuming play about the bonds that form among Sister Winnie, a fiftysomething nun with a love of stout and singing; Stephen, a shy, gay, guitar-playing maintenance man who lives with his father; and Kayleigh, an on-her-own 15-year old girl.who finds some kind of refuge with the sister after she throws a rock through Winnie's window. It's all ho-hum and predictable (8/25). Thorugh Sunday. Sunday afternoon at 2. 1 hour, 31 minutes

Chester Theatre Company, Town Hall Theatre, 15 Middlefield Road, Chester. Tickets: $37.50. 413-354-7771; chestertheatrre.org



THE WHARTON COMEDIES: ROMAN FEVER / THE FULLNESS OF LIFE

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





ENTRANCES ...

Opening at area stages Monday through Sept. 3

GEORGIE: MY ADVENTURES WITH GEORGE ROSE. Opens Wednesday; limited engagement through Sept. 3

Actor Ed Dixon performs his one-man show, tracing his 20-year friendship with Tony Award-winning actor George Rose. Barrington Stage Company, St. Germain Stage, Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield. 413-236-8888; barringtonstageco.org



... AND EXITS

Closing at area stages Monday through Sept. 3

A COMEDY OF TENORS. Closes Sept. 3

Playwright Ken Ludwig borrows four characters from his earlier "Lend Me a Tenor" and sets them loose in a suite in a posh Paris hotel as plans for a concert of three superstar tenors begin to unravel. Oldcastle Theatre Company, 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt. 802-447-0564; oldcastletheatre.org

GUYS AND DOLLS. Closes Sept. 3

Damon Runyon's beloved Broadway gamblers, hustlers and do-gooders come together in this splendid American musical theater classic by Frank Loesser. The Theater Barn, 654 Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y. 518-794-8989; tbarn.org

THE TEMPEST. Closes Sept. 3

William Shakespeare late comedy about an embittered duke, exiled to a magical,island, who finally gets his revenge 12 years later. Shakespeare & Company, Roman Garden Theatre, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-3353; shakespeare.org
























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