Which Shows Will Be the Hits of Summer 2015 in the Berkshires? [Berkshire on Stage]
By Gail M. Burns and Larry Murray
Time for our summer previews. As the 2015 season gets underway, here are the Berkshire area musicals, comedies and dramas that have caught our attention:
BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY, Pittsfield
Gail: While I am on record for my love of quirky little shows, I have my wide swath of commercial theatre addictions as well. I am wildly excited to see Man of La Mancha (June 10-July 11 on the Main Stage). I intend to sing along loudly – you have been warned. And I am a big fan of playwrights Neil Simon and John Guare, so Lost in Yonkers (July 16-August 1) and His Girl Friday (August 16-30) appeal to me, too. I’m there for all the Main Stage shows this summer at BSC.
Larry: The final Main Stage show, Veils (October 1-18) by Tom Coash, has my curiosity fully aroused since this play has earned raves for its earlier debut at Portland Stage, I see it as a very challenging work to stage well. The subject matter is a minefield, the casting critical, and its premise is one that will be relatively unfamiliar to most people. It relates the struggles with events such as a university ban on wearing burkas, an anti-American protest and riot, and the central figure Samar’s arrest and forced virginity test. Yet this is exactly the sort of work that Julianne Boyd so often finds the right mix of people to stage, and she could end up pulling another rabbit out of her theatrical hat.