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Argonautika 

When: Tuesdays, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sun., Nov. 4, 7 p.m., Wed., Nov. 7, 8 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. and Wednesdays, Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through Dec. 16 2007
Price: $27-$69

Mary Zimmerman's Argonautikais distinguished both by its sly dissection of the myth of Jason and the Golden Fleece while faithfully retelling it, and by its beautifully integrated mix of the mythic and the colloquial. Classical invocative passages intoned in unison are followed by the Argonauts introducing themselves in a cheerleaderesque "Roll Call" song. Daniel Ostling's set is more Ikea than Achean, a box of bare wood planks with a mezzanine catwalk and two holes above. Zimmerman's staging is full of inventive, low-tech visuals that are made more evocative by their naked theatricality. Once Medea (AtleyLoughridge) has been struck with Cupid's arrow it remains sticking through her for the remainder of the play, her white dress becoming progressively bloodier. The ensemble cast of fourteen sees a few local faces joining Zimmerman's out-of-towners, including Andy Murray as cunning jerk Meleager and blustery Boreas, Casey Jackson as Pollux, and Søren Oliver as a marvelously dimwitted and perpetually pumped-up Hercules. Through Dec. 23 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. BerkeleyRep.org or 510-647-2949


— Sam Hurwitt

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