Top Picks: Summer Theatre in and Around the Berkshires of Massachusetts [Berkshire on Stage]
by Gail M. Burns and Larry Murray
Gail M. Burns: Well, Larry, the leaves are out and the lawn-mowers are humming. And it looks like another Berkshire summer we get to spend in darkened theatres! Since we are giving up the sunshine and flowers, just what fun is in store for us this season?
Larry Murray: With four major regional theatre companies in the Berkshires – and a dozen more just beyond its borders – we’ve made a pretty good bargain, Gail. The summer of 2014 is a festival of plays and musicals. Here are our picks as the most interesting.
Gail: Quite a few stars are headed for my environs in Williamstown to trod the boards of the ’62 Center for the Arts on the Williams College campus. The company likes to mix things up, and as a goodbye gift, previous artistic director Jennie Gersten has left quite an impressive slate in place.
Larry: For opera fans it will be soprano Renee Fleming starring in LIVING ON LOVE by Joe DiPietro and Garson Kanin that is the must-see. Running from July 16-26 and based on a Garson Kanin play, the outing will be directed by Kathleen Marshall. Opera writers from around the country are headed to the Berkshires to see it.