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North Stars

Bypass New York’s slow summer theater season at one of these out-of-town fests.

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  1. 1. The Berkshire Theatre Festival

    Through October 21

    Travel three hours north for the 78th season of Berkshire performances; highlights from this season’s lineup include Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, June 23 through July 8, and Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles, August 18 to September 2 ($37 to $64; call 413-298-5576 for tickets and details or visit berkshiretheatre.org).

  2. 2. The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

    Through September 3

    The twentieth season of open-air upstate Shakespeare begins with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in the festival’s new tent-theater (overlooking the Hudson River). If you don’t hit traffic, it’s just an hour away ($28 to $42; call 845-265-7858 for tickets and details or visit hvshakespeare.org).


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