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Aglet Theatre Company
Sheffield, MA

Bardavon Opera House
Poughkeepsie, NY

Barrington Stage Company
Pittsfield, MA

Berkshire Actors Theatre
Pittsfield, MA

Berkshire Fringe
Pittsfield, MA

Berkshire Playwrights Lab
Great Barrington, MA

Berkshire Theatre Group
Pittsfield & Stockbridge, MA

Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck
Rhinebeck, NY

Chester Theatre Company
Chester, MA

The Desultory Theatre Club
Torrington, CT

The Ghent Playhouse
Ghent, NY

Half Moon Theatre
Hyde Park, NY

Landmark Community Theater
Thomaston, CT

The Mac-Haydn Theatre
Chatham, NY

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Great Barrington, MA

Performance Spaces for the 21st Century
Chatham, NY

Powerhouse Theater
Poughkeepsie, NY

Shakespeare & Company
Lenox, MA

The Sharon Playhouse
Sharon, CT

Hudson, NY

Tangent Theatre Company
Tivoli, NY

The Theater Barn
New Lebanon, NY

Time & Space Limited
Hudson, NY

Warner Theatre
Torrington, CT

Walking the dog Theater
Ghent, NY

WAM Theatre
Lee/Lenox, MA

Williamstown Theatre Festival
Williamstown, MA

Theater Intelligence

Now – Aug. 26
At Home at the Zoo (Zoo story)
Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), this work delves deep into the complex concept of human loneliness and social disparity. Starring David Adkins, Tara Franklin and Joey Collins. Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Stage, Stockbridge. (Photo by Emma Rothenberg)

Now – Aug. 19
Arsenic and Old Lace
Good-hearted drama critic Mortimer Brewster appears to lead a normal life. Recently engaged, he plans a trip to visit his charming spinster aunts, Abby and Martha. But shortly after arrival, he discovers that his aunts have a deadly secret buried in the basement—about a dozen older gentlemen. Playwright Joseph Kesselring’s most successful play is a side-splitting tale. Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge.

Now – Aug. 20
Thoroughly Modern Millie
This six-time Tony Award winner, based on the Academy Award-winning film, reflects the height of the Jazz Age, when flappers were bobbing their hair, entering the workforce and rewriting the rules of love. This high-spirited musical romp is a valentine to the spirit of NYC and the people seeking to discover themselves there. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck.

Now – Aug. 27
Melissa James Gibson’s play captures the hilarious yet touching relationships of a circle of friends as they back their way into middle age. Barrington Stage Company’s St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield.

Now – Aug. 20
A Legendary Romance

Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Lonny Price directs a new musical by Geoff Morrow and Timothy Prager. In 1950, film producer Joseph Lindy was on top of the world, making hit after hit with the love of his life, Billie Hathaway. Nearly four decades later, retired and forgotten, he must approve for release a version of his autobiographical film now altered irrevocably by a young producer. Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Main Stage.

Now – Aug. 20
The Music Man
To celebrate it’s 60th anniversary, the Sharon Playhouse and director Morgan Green invite you to experience this classic musical as you’ve never seen it. The story of a lovable conman who warms his way into the heart of small town America has never been more relevant.

Now – Aug. 20

Amber and Tom are freshmen at Princeton, where their experiences so far have only two things in common: drunken parties and a desire to fit in. But when they meet, their moral mettle is put to the test. Lileana Blain-Cruz directs Anna Ziegler’s world premiere play about intimacy and responsibility. Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Nikos Stage.

Now – Sept. 2
The winner of 7 Tony Awards, Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking musical is a wildly funny look at relationships. Over a series of dinner parties, dates and conversations with his friends, the perennially single Bobby attempts to understand the pros and cons of marriage and the meaning of the word “commitment.” Barrington Stage Company’s Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, Pittsfield.

Now – Aug. 27
Some Old Black Man
When college professor Calvin Jones moves his 82-year-old doggedly independent but ailing father, Donald, from Mississippi into his Harlem penthouse, an argument over what to eat for breakfast turns into a generational clash over race, opportunity and a decision that Calvin made years ago. Berkshire Playwrights Lab at Saint James Place, Great Barrington.

Now – Aug. 20

Monty Python and The Holy Grail is the inspiration for this outrageous Tony Award-winning musical. Follow King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table while they encounter killer rabbits and beautiful showgirls on the quest to find the Holy Grail. Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham.

Now – Sept. 3
The Tempest
Shakespeare & Company presents the tale of a betrayed magician bent on revenge. But Prospero’s seething softens when he sees through his daughter that love and forgiveness conquer darkness. Enjoy this performance in The Roman Garden Theatre, the company’s outdoor space. Lenox.

Aug. 17 – Aug. 27

Chester Theatre Company presents an American premiere written by Tom Wells. For Winnie, a Guinness-hoisting nun, and Stephen, a shy maintenance worker, Friday nights are for playing and singing. Until 16-year-old Kayleigh lobs a brick through Winnie’s window, and the three become the unlikeliest of folk trios. Chester Town Hall.

Aug. 17 – Sept. 10
The Wharton Comedies
Shakespeare & Company’s own Dennis Krausnick has adapted two of Edith Wharton’s delightfully pointed and charming social satires, Roman Fever and The Fullness of Life. S&Co.‘s Bernstein Theatre, Lenox.

Aug. 19 – Aug. 27
The Last Flapper
Taconic Stage Company presents a one-woman show based on the letters and stories of Zelda Fitzgerald. Set in an insane asylum in Asheville, NC on the last day of her life, Zelda (Diedre Bollinger) tells of her innocent rebellion as a southern belle, her destructive marriage and her mental disintegration. Church of St. John in the Wilderness, Copake Falls.

Aug. 24 – Sept. 3
Hello, Dolly!

One of the greatest musicals of all time will close out the season at The Mac-Haydn Theatre. Dolly is “back where she belongs” and ready to change lives in the Jerry Hermann classic that includes the song “It Only Takes A Moment” along with the rousing title song. Chatham.

August 26
SEVEN: A Documentary Play

Seven playwrights have documented the true stories of seven women who bravely fought for the well-being of women, families and children around the globe. CeCe Sloan, director, activist and member of the U.S. National Committee of U.N. Women, will host and lead a post-show discussion. The event is free with a suggested donation of $10 to benefit Pittsfield’s Elizabeth Freeman Center. Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, 7 p.m.

September 2
Melissa’s Choice: A Staged Reading to Benefit Multicultural BRIDGE
This work by Steve Somkin is about a lawyer who is passionate about women’s rights, the environment, population control, and two men. She has an unintended pregnancy that produces increasingly bizarre fantasies, revealing her tangle of values and feelings. Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. 7 p.m.

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