In the modern world, if it’s not photographed, filmed or Facebooked, it barely exists. But in ancient times, important histories were passed along only in the form of oration. That’s quite a feat when you remember that two such tales — Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey — were transmitted for centuries only by that method. It’s even more of an accomplishment when you realize you can barely relay instructions to the baby-sitter without floundering and forgetting crucial details, and that these odysseys required a full 3,000 years of history be kept straight and retold — with no assistance from Siri, whatsoever. Undermain Theatre, 3200 Main St., harkens back to the days of straight-up storytelling with its production of An Iliad, a one-man retelling of Homer’s epic poem. This adaptation, by playwrights Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, is a triumphant narrative event featuring a man, some music and a compelling story of violence and heroism that will be performed at 8:15 p.m. Friday. You’ll be riveted by the virtuosic yarns spun by actors Bruce DuBose and Paul Semrad, who will alternate the role of the storyteller through June 15. Tickets are $15 to $30, visit undermain.org.
Fri., May 31, 2013