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Theater & art

Stage Review

Terror and revenge in Berkshire’s ‘Extremities’

STOCKBRIDGE — In 1975, the publication of Susan Brownmiller’s landmark “Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape’’ helped to dispel longstanding myths about rape, fostering a broader understanding that it is, as Brownmiller said in an interview at the time, “a crime not of lust but of violence and power.’’

Certainly Raul, the would-be rapist in the Berkshire Theatre Group’s production of William Mastrosimone’s “Extremities,’’ savors the power he has over Marjorie, his intended victim. But he doesn’t have it for long.

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