Comedy at Barrington Stage Company

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By: - Apr 03, 2024

Comedy reigns this summer in the Berkshires! Barrington Stage Company (BSC) is pleased to announce that it will be the new home of the Berkshire Comedy Festival, produced by the Long Island Comedy Festival in partnership with BSC. The company will also present special preview performances of Alison Larkin: Grief...A Comedy, written and performed by Berkshire resident, writer, and comedian Alison Larkin, prior to its UK premiere and world tour this summer.

Now in its sixth season, the Berkshire Comedy Festival will take place May 23-25, 2024 across BSC’s three stages, with stand-up performances at the Boyd-Quinson Stage (30 Union Street), and the St. Germain Stage and Mr. Finn’s Cabaret (36 Linden Street). It is the first time in BSC’s history that all three stages will be in use for a festival of this kind.

Returning to the Berkshires for the first time since the summer of 2019, the Berkshire Comedy Festival will celebrate the art of live stand-up comedy over Memorial Day weekend. Each show features a diverse lineup of riotous talent from the New England area, NYC comedy scene and beyond, including comedians who’ve appeared on Comedy Central, late night, and top venues around the country. Performances are approximately 90 minutes in length, for audiences 18+, and will feature 4-6 comedians each night. Tickets range from $25-$45, available at and by calling the BSC Box Office at 413-236-8888.

Berkshires resident, writer and performer Alison Larkin has been called “hugely entertaining...marvelously light-footed” by The Times. Now, BSC audiences will get the only stateside opportunity to experience her newest work, Alison Larkin: Grief...A Comedy prior to its world premiere July 31 at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival, presented by London’s famous Soho Theatre. Alison Larkin: Grief...A Comedy, written and performed by Alison Larkin with music by Gary Schreiner, will be presented June 6-9, 2024 at the St. Germain Stage.

Alison found true love for the first time in her 50s, with an Indian climate scientist who lived in Bennington, VT. A week after they decided to marry, he died. Then, something wildly unexpected happened. When Archbishop Desmond Tutu found out about it, he insisted she write this show. So, if you don’t like it, you can blame him. Join us for this “Bright bauble of a piece. An improbably funny and life-affirming show about love, loss, and hope.” 

Tickets are $45 and are available at and by calling the BSC Box Office at 413-236-8888.


Thursday, May 23 at 8pm

Mr. Finn's Cabaret

All seats $25

Friday, May 24 at 8pm

St. Germain Stage

All seats $35

Saturday, May 25 at 8pm

Boyd-Quinson Stage

Seats from $35.


Thursday, June 6 at 8 PM

Friday, June 7 at 8pm

Saturday June 8 at 2pm and 8pm

Sunday, June 9 at 3pm

St. Germain Stage

All seats $45

Barrington Stage Company’s 30th Anniversary Season will open on the Boyd-Quinson Stage with a new production of the Tony Award-winning musical La Cage aux Folles (June 11-July 6), directed by Mike Donahue and choreographed by Paul McGill. BSC’s production marks the company’s first Jerry Herman musical since Mame (2006) and its first work written by actor-playwright and Broadway icon, Harvey Fierstein. Next up will be a revival of Boeing Boeing (July 17-August 3) by Marc Camoletti, translated by Beverley Cross & Francis Evans. The hilarious French sex farce will be helmed by Founding Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and will star BSC Associate Artists Mark H. Dold, Christopher Innvar, and Debra Jo Rupp. Finally, BSC Artistic Director Alan Paul will direct the 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal (August 13-September 8), featuring music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey. Next to Normal is a co-production with Round House Theatre in Washington, DC, where it was hailed as an “impeccable, vibrant musical revival” by the Washington Post. 

The St. Germain Stage season opens with the regional premiere of A Tender Thing (June 25-July 20), a charming and elegiac two-character play that imagines what would have happened if Romeo and Juliet had lived to old age. Written by Ben Power, who wrote the celebrated adaptation of Stefano Massini’s The Lehman Trilogy, A Tender Thing will be directed by Alan Paul. Next will be the world premiere of Forgiveness (July 30-August 25) by Mark St. Germain, directed by Ron Lagomarsino. In this interactive production set in Minnesota, where prisoners are allowed to plead their case in front of the Governor, audiences will help determine who is worthy of returning to society. The St. Germain Stage season will conclude with the regional premiere of actress and playwright Eboni Booth’s new play Primary Trust (September 18-October 13), about a bookstore worker who must find a new way forward after losing his job.