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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 18 2012
Price: $34-57

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

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