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The Trojan Women 

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through May 11 2008
Price: $40-$42

Euripides' tragedy The Trojan Women is an odd play to begin with. An extended lament for fallen Troy and the cruel fate that awaits its women in the hands of their Greek captors, it offers little in the way of plot but stands as a profound indictment of the devastation of war. Originally developed in 1995 as a trilingual workshop production performed by recent Serbian, Croatian, and Bosnian Muslim refugees, Ellen McLaughin's poetic adaptation strips the dialogue to its bare bones, omits enemy characters such as Menelaus entirely, and handles parts such as the judgment of Helen very differently than in the original. Directed by founding artistic director Barbara Oliver, Aurora's professional world premiere features an impressive cast headed by Carla Spindt, Nora el Samahy, Julian Lopez-Morillas, Emilie Talbot, and Sarah Nealis. April 10 through May 11 at AuroraTheatre(2081 Addison St., Berkeley) or 510-843-4822.

— Sam Hurwitt


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