The eminent Ms. Eikenberry and myself are knee-deep in rehearsals for a play at the Berkshire Theater Festival in Stockbridge, MA. We’re doing a terrific new play by David Epstein called Brace Yourself and it’s directed by James Naughton. We’re surrounded by wonderful actors, designers, producers, technicians and interns, many of whom are young and eager and help to boost the energy that seems to run down my leg shortly after lunch.
We’re living in a second-floor apartment down the road from the theater with a floor so slanted that Jill’s morning headstand is a serious challenge.
“If I’m facing north, I can’t get up; if I’m facing south, I tumble over the other side. I’m stumped.”
“Meditate a little more,” I offered helpfully.
At day’s end I tend to migrate to the porch of The Red Lion Inn to sip a glass of wine or two and plot out our dinner plans. This can be a challenge in the wilds of the Berkshires – especially with a vegan in tow – but we’ve already found some gems.
We ate last night at Naji’s in Great Barrington. Naji himself, who appears with every dish to see how it’s going over, is a splendid cook.
We started with some hummus and baba ganoush, which were top-notch – fresh and subtly seasoned. Then Jill had a bowl of lentil soup that really got our attention. Naji – as he waited for her response – assured her that the broth was purely vegetarian. This is a soup like mama used to make — Naji’s mama, I mean. It’s the real thing, the kind of soup that rarely shows up at a restaurant.
Stay tuned for more – and if anyone has any other suggestions for dining up here, let me know.