Supporting the Arts in Western Massachusetts and Beyond

August 7, 2011

Closing Soon at Berkshire Venues Near You

by Shera Cohen

Trish Brown Dance/Jacob's Pillow
Before it's too late, there are still many excellent performances to see in the Berkshires before Labor Day Weekend.

Berkshire Fringe
Closing soon are: "She Stoops to Conquer" at Williamstown Theatre Festival (Williamstown) where I came, I saw, I conquered this funny costume piece; "The Best of Enemies" at Barrington Stage (Pittsfield), a taut, dramatic, true episode in United States history; Berkshire Choral Festival's (Great Barrington) vocal and orchestral extravaganza of 200 musicians; and Berkshire Fringe's (Great Barrington) motley mix of modern dance, comedy, drama, and music.

There are a couple of more weeks to enjoy: Tanglewood's (Lenox) rehearsals, concerts, contemporary music, student performances, and jazz festival; "Ludwig Live" (Lenox) as Beethoven rocks; Jacob's Pillow's (Becket) best dance troupes all in one location; Capitol Steps' (Lenox) biting and timely comedy; the Wharton Salon at the Mount's (Lenox) new play "Autres Temps"; and the nine comedic, dramatic, Shakespearean and otherwise plays in repertoire at Shakespeare & Company (Lenox). BTW, the theatres mentioned in the above paragraph have another play or two to mount their stages.

Autres Temps/Wharton Salon
Talks/lectures (most are free) abound at: The Mount, Norman Rockwell Museum, Shakespeare & Company, Barrington Stage, Ventfort Hall, and the Berkshire Museum.

Am I forgetting: the Colonial, Mahaiwe, Berkshire Theatre Festival? Anything else? Probably.