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WBUR: Summer Stages to Hit from Wellfleet to Williamstown

Author: Michael Hagerty

Berkshires And The Pioneer Valley

8. Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare & Company, based in Lenox, will be commemorating the 400th anniversary of the troupe’s namesake by bringing back Tina Packer’s highly acclaimed production of “The Merchant of Venice,”once again starring S&Co mainstay Jonathan Epstein. Ed Siegel, ARTery editor and critic at large, wrote in the Boston Globe: “It is the ingenuity, if not genius, of Tina Packer, to make a rich, compelling case for a sympathetic treatment of Shylock while staying true to the comedic dictates of the author” and that Epstein’s ” ‘Hath not a Jew’ aria, while surrounded by a mob of spitting Venetian lowlifes, is the most extraordinary moment in an always extraordinary performance.” Visit the Tina Packer Playhouse from July 2 through Aug. 21 for this performance. In addition to Shakespearian productions such as“Merchant” and “Twelfth Night” this summer, S&Co also entertains contemporary work like Lindsey Ferrentino’s “Ugly Lies the Bone,” which tells the story of a combat veteran attempting to escape her traumatic pain through an experimental video game.

Original Article: http://artery.wbur.org/2016/06/06/summer-theater-preview

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Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.

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