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An Iliad

When: Sept. 5-9 2012

"Every time I sing this song, I hope it's the last time." The tragic words are spoken by an unnamed storyteller, doomed to chronicle the Trojan War—and to relate how far we haven't come since. When asked what caused it, his vague response includes the gods ("of course"), pride, honor, an apple and "some game or other," before he concludes it doesn't matter: "It's always something, isn't it?"

Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare's adaptation of Homer's account of the Trojan War as a one-person, 100-minute show received raves this spring in New York, garnering a Lucille Lortel Award for best solo show and a special citation in the 2012 Obie Awards. Though it's based on Robert Fagles' 1990 translation, its use of contemporary, conversational speech "puts both mortals and gods on our own level," according to The New York Times, in depicting "the heroism and horror of warfare."

Ray Dooley is a compelling storyteller in his own right; here he's directed by Jesse Berger, founder of New York's Red Bull Theater, whose cutting-edge productions of classic theater have grabbed headlines in recent years. We're expecting something significant—but, as always in PlayMakers' PRC2 second-stage series, we have just one week to catch it. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. tonight through Sunday, with an additional matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday. —Byron Woods

Price: $15-40

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