The Approach Opens this Weekend in the Berkshires

‘Holds your attention like a transfixing riddle’The Irish Times

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Three women have three conversations that draw us into their inner lives. Listen carefully: what will they reveal to each other, and what does each have to hide?

A play about being human, an exploration of betrayal, and an appeal to listen before it’s too late, The Approach follows the story of Anna, Cora, and Denise as they converse over coffee about their shared childhoods and burgeoning middle-age, with much left unspoken.

The Approach will include both in-person and online performances, with tickets ranging in price from $37 to $67; preview performances are $10 less.

Online, The Approach will be made available by live stream at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, and via recorded broadcast will be available Saturday May 21, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 22, at 3 p.m.; Saturday May 28 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 29 at 3 p.m. Tickets for virtual performances are $27.

Talkbacks will be held with the cast and directors for the following performances: 

Thursday 5/12 (7:30p curtain)

Saturday 5/14 (7:30p curtain)

Sunday 5/15 (3p curtain)

Thursday 5/19 (7:30p curtain)

Sunday 5/22 (3p curtain)

Thursday 5/26 (7:30p curtain)

Generously Co-sponsored by Steve Bader and Cathy Monoxelos

Shakespeare & Company Presents March Mash-up: Contemporary Readings

LENOX, Mass. — Shakespeare & Company will present March Mash-up: Contemporary Readings on Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27, featuring three …

Shakespeare & Company Presents March Mash-up: Contemporary Readings

Let’s All Go to the Bulb Show

The inside of a greenhouse with many plants and flowers on a shelf.
Spring Bulb Show at Berkshire Botanical Garden (c) jcs 2022

Two years into a pandemic and my house has been hit with the ’Rona for the first time — I’m still in the negative, but the other two notsomuch.

My weekend activity options were thereby limited, but (masked) I was able to check out one of the things I wanted to do: the annual Bulb Show at the Berkshire Botanical Garden.

A closeup of white narcissus flowers
Narcissus (c) jcs 2022

The BBG houses an evolving collection of spring flowering bulbs native to New England, including several types of narcissus, tulips, and daffodils. It shows them off as sort of a pre-season event each year in the Fitzpatrick Conservatory, a greenhouse often reserved for non-indigenous plants and those that need a climate-controlled environment, like cacti.

A green and purple sign in front of a greenhouse that reads the Fitzpatrick Conservatory
The Fitzpatrick Conservatory was constructed in the 1930s. (c) jcs 2022

This year, the show also introduced several new hardies, including pink and orange Salmon Gem tulips, dwarf irises adorably named Harmony and Pauline, and a plant I learned about for the first time today: frittilaria, which sounds like a brunch item but is actually flowering bulb-plant that blooms in red, purple, checkered green, white, or black. They’re also known as Guinea Hen Flowers.

Perhaps the star of the show, though, is Vincent Van Gogh: a deep-purple tulip with feathery petals and octopussian stems. I went digging and, according to dutchgrown.com, the Vincent Van Gogh tulip was first named in 2011 by then-director of the Van Gogh Museum Axel Rüger.

A closeup of a dark purple tulip with feathered petals and daffodils out of focus behind it.
Vincent Van Gogh Tulip (c) jcs 2022

I made a final stop post-show at the BBG’s Rain Garden, which was looking particularly splendid and useful on a damp afternoon. The Rain Garden was designed specifically as a “living filter,” treating surface water runoff from the parking lot through plants and shrubs that complete the task naturally. On a dry day, this garden is often overlooked.

The Rain Garden treats run-off water naturally and provides food and habitat for several types of birds. (c) jcs 2022

More Images from the

2022 Spring Bulb Show

A terra cotta pot with a bird of paradise plant in it, in front of a green, window-paned door.
Bird of Paradise (c) jcs 2022

And finally, Check out photo-journalist Stephanie Zollshan’s photo spread at the Berkshire Eagle.