Warning: Barrington Stage Company’s New Musical “The Game” is Very Seductive Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

August 19th, 2011, 3:30 pm by Sara
Rachel York as The Marquise in "The Game" (photo by Kevin Sprague)

Rachel York as The Marquise in "The Game" (photo by Kevin Sprague)

Finally, I am no longer a virgin. For years I have listened jealously to enthusiastic tales of The Game, a musical based on the book Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1782) which had its first airing eight years ago in Sheffield. It was new, original and daring then, and still is. It is just one of the many fine and unusual productions that Barrington Stage Company (BSC) did in rented halls and schools in South County as it established itself in the Berkshires. These successes both inspired and propelled the company to buy its own theatre and move the heart of theatrical activity in the Berkshires to Pittsfield.

Though I had fleetingly read excerpts and condensed versions of the book Les Liaisons Dangereuses, seen and loved the movie, and even seen the play lavishly staged in recent years, the fact that I had not yet seen the musical version was frustrating, an intellectual tease if you will.

Well now I have seen it, and The Game is still fresh and original, and it is has the ability to really suck you in to its story. Its powers of seduction are in no way diminished.

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