Theater & Performing Arts

An Iliad

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 18 2012

Berkeley Rep's An Iliad unfolds with urgency, with the purpose of getting its modern audience to care about what happened long ago and far away. After all, we share a common humanity. And wars persist. This Iliad is a story of war, sprawling and personal, universal and tragically specific, told by a single voice on a bare stage. Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare's masterful adaptation is a buttoned-down but poetic rendering of Homer's epic story of the Trojan War. Henry Woronicz, as a grizzled storyteller, relates these legends as if he were reporting back from the battlefield. "Every time I sing this song, I hope it's the last time," he says as he prepares to start. The simplicity of the production is elegant and masterful; shadows and light, a sonorous mic, and an upright bass help a single voice speak volumes. Through November 18 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre (2025 Addison St, Berkeley). 510-647-2949 or BerkeleyRep.or

Erika Milvy

Price: $34-57

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