Now – April 2
Mothers & Sons
In this regional premier, a Dallas matriarch pays an unexpected visit to her late son’s former partner, who is now married to another man and raising a young son. Forced to consider the life her son may have had, the woman must now come to terms with her own life choices and how society has changed around her. The Ghent Playhouse.
March 25 – April 2
This critically acclaimed work by Enid Futterman is a play set to music based on The Diary of Anne Frank. A timely coming-of-age story, the work highlights important themes for audiences of all ages, including the need for tolerance and the power of love, friendship and powerful words that can take us through and beyond dark times. Half Moon Theater at the CIA in Hyde Park.
Facing Our Truth
Facing Our Truth: Ten Minute Plays About Trayvon Martin is a staged reading of six 10-minute plays on the topic of Trayvon Martin, race and/or privilege, meant to spark serious discussion around these urgent issues. Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington. 7 p.m.
March 30 – April 9
Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight
WAM Theatre presents a special limited-run remount of this 2013 hit, featuring the original cast. Emilie du Chatelet is best known for her 15-year liaison with Voltaire, but she was more than a great man’s mistress. Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse, Lenox. (Photo by Enrico Spada)
March 31 – April 9
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
Rhinebeck Theatre Society presents Tom Stoppard’s inventive black comedy. The events of Shakespeare’s Hamlet unfold in the background as two of the play’s minor characters wander through with misadventures and musings on their fate. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck.
March 31 & April 1
High Mud Comedy Fest
MASS MoCA’s newest festival returns for its second year with two days of laughs from headliner Phoebe Robinson (2 Dope Queens podcast; book You Can’t Touch My Hair), plus comedians Dave Hill, Aparna Nancherla, Jordan Carlos and Erin Markey, plus local talent, late-night laughs and more. North Adams.
Don Juan in Hell
Don Juan and Dona Ana meet in Hell and begin to discuss why people find themselves there. Dona Ana’s father visits from Heaven and asks The Devil if he can spend eternity in Hell. Dona Ana is surprised. Don Juan is bored. Aglet Theatre Company presents a staged reading of George Bernard Shaw’s work of verbal acrobatics and insight into the human condition. Dewey Memorial Hall, Sheffield. 7 p.m.
Bread & Puppet Theater’s Faust 3
The internationally acclaimed theater will perform this proletarian rumination on displacement, heaven and satisfaction, in the tradition of Medieval Faust puppet shows and Goethe’s epic verse drama. BART School, Adams. 7 p.m.
April 21 – April 30
The Taming of the Shrew
Young Bianca is the most coveted maiden in Padua… but no one can marry her before a match is found for her “shrewish” older sister, Kate. When a team of Bianca’s suitors bribe new-to-town Petruchio to try wooing Kate, he accepts, mostly to get his hands on her dowry. What ensues is one of Shakespeare’s most outrageous comedies. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck.
Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration
Shakespeare & Company celebrates the Bard’s birthday with a 90-minute performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by the North Regional Tour of Shakespeare, followed by a reception with the artists — and birthday cake. Tina Packer Playhouse, Lenox. 7 p.m.
Comedian Emma Willmann
Emma Willmann was named one of the “10 Funniest Women in New York” by Time Out New York, featured in Elle, appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and will soon be appearing on a new show on Fuse. The Colonial Theater in Pittsfield. 7:30 p.m.
April 28 & 29
Live Action Clue
Naumkeag invites you for an evening of murderous fun based on the board game. You arrive for a dinner party, only to discover the dead body of the Choate’s beloved butler. Figure out who did it, with what weapon, and in which room. Participants are assigned characters, and play as members of teams of 6-8. Champagne and appetizers included. Stockbridge, 7 p.m.