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“Not worth it for VIP tickets”

Barrington Stage Company
Ranked #2 of 26 things to do in Pittsfield
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Owner description: Barrington Stage Company (BSC) is a professional award-winning Equity theatre presenting top-notch musicals, masterful classics, thought-provoking new work, cabarets and youth theater on four stages from May through October as well as a New Play Festival in February. Co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, BSC is perhaps best known for premiering William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin’s Tony Award-winning musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" and was voted Best Theatre by "The Berkshire Eagle" readers in 2011 and 2012. BSC welcomes groups and offers senior and youth discounts.
Reviewed 19 August 2014

I bought VIP tickets for 2 different performances, the shows themselves were great but the perks that come with the extra cost weren't worth it. I had to stand out in the lobby for 10 minutes for the second performance as the staff had not provided me with the VIP passes and had to wait for someone to rectify the situation. After each performance there is supposed to be a reception with food and a chance to meet the stars of the shows. These receptions were held in the lobby which had to be cleared of the regular patrons. The space was ridiculously too small with people knocking the food out of your hands as they shoved past you. The most upsetting thing was that many of those there did not have VIP passes and not one of the staff checked for this. 2 people in particular were monopolizing the time with one of the stars and they didn't have VIP tickets. Later in the week a friend invited me to a play there and we were in the balcony. I realized I was a fool to buy VIP tickets as I had a great view and didn't need to pay extra ever again. I will never buy VIP tickets again. That said, the shows and the play I saw there were great and I would go again, just not for that cost again.

Thank Janice D
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

In a modern and comfortable refresh of an old movie theatre, the venue and product were very good and this production was excellent in both the script, direction and acting on a very difficult person, subject and place in history. We were very please at the quality of this play and its performers.

Thank tremm298
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

just saw "Breaking the Code" -- there's no better theater anywhere! The acting was perfect, the actors' timing was spot-on. The directing was brilliant -- quite different from that in the original play, apparently. The actors who weren't involved in a given scene sat just off the stage and registered their responses to what was happening by facial expressions or small movements, such as turning their backs to the action when they disapproved. Very effective! It drew everyone in. Sorry we saw it near the end of the run, b/c I'd like to get every theater-lover there to see it!

1  Thank MW-Egr
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

We saw "Breaking the Code" and were delighted with both the production and the theater itself. The staging was very austere, which suited the topic really well, and the entire cast was brilliantly cast for each role. We were all moved and felt it was worth the drive. Another nice feature is that the little town itself has a nice selection of restaurants so that you can dine before or after.

Thank roxieontheroad
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

There is nothing better than seeing a show at any of the theaters. Great summer theater with terrific actors. You will not be disappointed. Have been to the different theaters many times.

Thank teachfran
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