Now – July 21
Coming Back Like a Song!
Directed by Tony Award-nominated Gregg Edelman, Emmy Award-winner Lee Kalcheim’s world premiere follows the story of three old friends, music icons Irving Berlin (David Garrison), Harold Arlen (Philip Hoffman) and Jimmy Van Heusen (David Rasche), on Christmas Eve in 1956, as they drink, fight and sing. Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge.
Now – July 22
Leonard Bernstein’s Peter Pan
Internationally renowned director Christopher Alden reveals a darker side to J. M. Barrie’s fantasy of childhood and the inner child in a psychologically gripping new production, with a score by Leonard Bernstein. SummerScape at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.
Now – August 5
This gripping tale of blind ambition and nefarious plotting features two of Shakespeare’s most notorious anti-heroes. Starring Jonathan Croy and Tod Randolph, and directed by Obie Award-winner Melia Bensussen. Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse, Lenox.
Now – August 11
Celebrating its 50-year anniversary, this Tony Award-winning rock musical takes audiences back to the free-spirited, hippie counterculture of the ‘60s. Hair’s infectious score includes the classics “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Aquarius” and more. Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Stage, Stockbridge.
Now – July 22
Featuring all the biggest ABBA hits, this production stars Betsy Padamonsky as Donna, revisiting a role she has performed on The National Tour and regionally. Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham.
Now – Aug. 18
Love’s Labor’s Lost
Shakespeare & Company presents The Bard’s spoof of those who try to shun love and life. This sweet coming-of-age story, with its host of delightful characters and sparkling depiction of young love, is set outside at The Mount in Lenox.
Now – July 22
In this world premiere play by James Anthony Tyler, Artney Jackson (Ray Anthony Thomas) is a devoted mentor, a respected employee at the local cable company, and an enthusiastic teller of “dad jokes.” After 25 years, he’s finally up for promotion, but over the course of one week, Artney’s decades-old routine is shattered when his son makes plans to move out of their home, the higher-ups test his resolve to lead, and co-workers show their true colors. Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Nikos Stage.
Now – July 28
A Doll’s House, Part 2
In the final scene of Ibsen’s 1879 ground-breaking masterwork, Nora makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children and begin a life on her own. Lucas Hnath’s new comedy dares to wonder what she’s been up to since then. Called “the best play of the year” by The NY Times, it explores the emotional chaos that results when Nora returns 15 years later to the family she left behind. Barrington Stage Company’s Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, Pittsfield.
July 19 – Aug. 12
Inhabiting each others’ minds proves to be the psychological chess match that August Strindberg is the master of in this translation by David Greig (recipient of the Whiting Award). The cost of love runs deep for these three characters, and if everyone owes something to someone, who can really call themselves a creditor? Shakespeare & Company’s Bernstein Theatre, Lenox.
July 19 – July 29
Six childhood friends and their shifting relationships come to life in this chamber musical inspired by Virginia Woolf’s novel. Over the course of one day, we see their interior yearnings, ambitions and defeats in a reimagining of Bucknam and Peterson’s musical, which premiered off-Broadway more than 30 years ago. Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie.
July 20 – Aug. 1
Fleeing the Russian revolution and leaving behind a world of opulence, aristocrat Tamara de Lempicka (Eden Espinosa) and her husband Tadeusz (Andrew Samonsky) are forced to make a new life. In the rising tide of fascism, Tamara takes to painting to survive, but when she meets the free-spirited Rafaela (Carmen Cusack), a prostitute on the fringes of Parisian society, she’s torn between the life she cherishes and the passion awoken in her by her new muse. This world premiere musical is directed by Tony nominee Rachel Chavkin, with music by Matt Gould and book and lyrics by Carson Kreitzer. Main Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival.
July 21 & 22
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Theatre for Good presents William Shakespeare’s classic full of love, magic, faeries, drama, flowers, comedy, and a donkey under the moon in the wild, untamed and uncharted forest. Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens, Washington Depot. Sat. at 7 p.m. & Sun. at 5 p.m.
The Real Story
Berkshire Playwrights Lab presents a staged reading of a play by Richard Clyman. Mark, an eccentric freelance reporter, has always had a knack for guessing which people have an interesting story they’ve never told anyone. When he decides to chat up Stuart, the businessman doesn’t seem like a promising prospect, but when he begins to talk, his story seems too good to be true. The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington. 7:30 p.m.
July 25 – Aug. 4
Chef Harry is a genius in the kitchen. His business partner, Mike, wants to expand their restaurant, but Harry sees that as selling out. When a shrewd consultant is brought in to make the case for expansion, Harry boils over. Can their most devoted employee help to put the lid back on? Tony Award nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel directs this new comedy by critically acclaimed playwright Theresa Rebeck. Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Nikos Stage.