10×10 Play Festival at Barrington Stage Company is Total Entertainment [Berkshire on Stage]

Five directors, ten plays: (l to r) Julianne Boyd, David Sernick, Mark St. Germain, Frank La Frazia and Tom Gladwell.

Five directors, ten plays: (l to r) Julianne Boyd, David Sernick, Mark St. Germain, Frank La Frazia and Tom Gladwell.

10×10=100 and 100% is the score for the ten new plays that greeted audiences this weekend at Barrington Stage Company (BSC). Not only were there were no disappointments, some were truly stunning.

And imagine my surprise that, in the middle of the winter, there wasn’t a seat to be had yesterday afternoon at the official opening. The 10×10 on North New Play Festival runs at BSC’s company’s Stage 2 until this coming weekend. The last performance is February 26. You can read this review first, but here’s my recommendation: grab your tickets first, they won’t last long. That’s because the 10×10 on North Winter Festival is the best thing to happen in the Berkshires in years.

The ten plays are written by seven women and three men, with a versatile cast of six undertaking some 25 roles between them, and a handful of directors shaped two plays each, for a total of ten great stories.

Short plays, like short films are among the most popular ways for the public to take in the latest trends in theatre, film and the performing arts. Once in a while a short play, one act or less, can express such a powerful idea that it turns into a full length play. Tennessee Wiliams wrote many one act plays, and one of his most famous, Suddenly Last Summer, grew out of his off-Broadway double bill, 1958′s Garden District.

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