“Les Liasons Dangereuses” at Shakespeare & Company through March 21

dangerousliasonssco10kspra_304_sizedLast night we were fortunate to be invited by our friend, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, to the premier of “Les Liasons Dangereuses” at Shakespeare & Company, located just two blocks from us. She was playing the lead role, Marquise de Merteuil, in what has become a theater classic.

Beside being a wonderful and intimate production (no different than other quality offerings from this well-established presenter) we were reminded how lucky we are in the Berkshires. And I speak not only as someone who lives here, but also from the point of view of our visitors. In a pre-show welcome, director (and founder of Shakespeare & Company) Tina Packer offered that a mid-winter presentation was S&Co’s contribution to the effort to turn the Berkshires into a four-season cultural destination. This is a fully costumed production of 12 actors. Not a low-risk proposition.

That is not to say that we have not always attracted skiers, outdoor enthusiasts, and those who enjoy a nice inn with fireplaces. But to offer theater such as this, on cold winter weekends, is to up the ante with all those who want to grow the “Berkshire Creative Economy.”

It is our pleasure and obligation to help make that effort pay. So if you are considering a trip to the Berkshires between now and March 21, know that you have four opportunities to see “Les Liasons Dangereuses” per weekend: 2 evening performances and 2 matinee performances. Tickets are available for $12 to $48 by calling 413-637-3353, or by going to Shakespeare & Company.

And consider a stay at Hampton Terrace. Our Romantic Weekend Package applies…which includes a $30 gift certificate to the local wine/gourmet food shop in town. Imagine a glass of wine and some cheese in front of our living room fireplace, and then an evening immersion with scheming 18th century aristocrats. That is what we did last night.