Berkshire Theatre Group Plans Post-Hurricane Irene Parties at their Performances This Week

Thank goodness it is over. But many of us missed something.

Lots of us were so busy battening down the hatches and lowering the mainsail that we didn’t get a chance to have a hurricane party. It’s a regular tradition for natives of the Atlantic coast like me. If there was one thing you could count on after the stores, schools and churches all closed up shop is that there were a few diehard bars that would stay open until the doors blew off. And everyone had a good time. Unless the storm lived up to its expectations. Which it usually didn’t.

That’s why it is such a great idea for the Berkshire Theatre Group to host a series of Post-Hurricane Parties as part of the final week of summer performances on the Berkshire Theatre Festival campus, and everyone is invited! With two comedies on the Fitzpatrick and Unicorn stages, there will be laughs, high spirits and a chance for neighbors to compare notes on how they fared with Irene.

Choose from either the “serious” comedy Period of Adjustment by Tennessee Williams (and directed by David Auburn at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage) or the brand new play Birthday Boy (by Chris Newbound and directed by Wes Grantom at the Unicorn Theatre).

All performances are included with the exception of the opening night of Birthday Boy Wednesday which has a small gathering afterwards. At intermission of the shows, the Berkshire Theatre Group will be providing everyone in the audience with a free drink and a chance to be glad we survived the hurricane and its clean up and are finally able to enjoy life again.

Says Artistic Director, CEO Kate Maguire, “It has obviously been a difficult time for all of us. We want to offer everyone a chance to escape from the challenges of the clean-up and celebrate the end of another great summer.”

To get your tickets for the show, which includes the complimentary drink, simply call the BTG Ticket Office at (413) 298-5576 or go online to Tickets can also be purchase in person at the BTF Ticket Office at 83 East Main Street in Stockbridge. Ticket Office hours are 10 am-showtime Monday through Saturday.

About Period of Adjustment, you can read my review (link) or take The Boston Globe’s word for it when they said “The Berkshire Theatre Group’s luminous production is an opportunity to see this rare comedy by the great dramatist.” It tells the comedic story of Ralph Bates, a Korean War hero facing problems with his in-laws. His former comrade George has just married the beautiful but naïve Isabel, but he’s suffering with the shakes. They meet up on a snowy Christmas Eve in Tennessee where all of their problems come to a head. A self-described “serious comedy” Williams has once again filled the stage with compelling characters dealing with the most difficult of problems in real ways.

Birthday Boy (officially opening Wednesday) is written by local playwright Chris Newbound. It is about Matt who as he nears his fortieth birthday and finds himself at a crossroads in his life. His wife Arianne wants to take a mud season vacation to Vermont. His job is safe, though far from stimulating. When he begins a flirtation with a comely colleague he finds himself discovering just how absurd everyday life can be. This world premiere work provides a comic look at marriage, life and growing older.

Performances are Wednesday at 7pm (Period only), Thursday at 2pm (Period only) and 8pm (both), Friday at 8pm (both), and Saturday at 2pm and 8pm (both).

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