The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less | Morton Arboretum | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Brian Gale, Alex Pelletier, Wesley Whitaker, and Tommy Lukrich

Brian Gale, Alex Pelletier, Wesley Whitaker, and Tommy Lukrich

Lilian Harvey

The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less 

When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Aug. 28 2016
Price: $5-$20
theatre-hikes.org
What's the sense in muscling through the Iliad, the Odyssey, and all of Greek mythology in 99 minutes or less while moving your audience from one outdoor location to another? Got me. The rules of this Theatre-Hikes production seem a tad arbitrary. But once you decide just to let go and let Zeus, the results are entertaining. Under the direction of Ron Popp, five toga-wearing actors review a swath of ancient Greek lore, starting with the creation, pausing over the Trojan War, and finishing up—in a rush—with trials of Odysseus. The tone is eye-rollingly goofy (Hermes to Zeus: "You the man!" Zeus to Hermes: "I'm the god.") But the company is affable, and you've got to hand it to coauthors Jay Hopkins and John Hunter: they don't back down from the squirmier aspects of the tales. The big contingent of kids among us seemed to take that stuff in stride. —Tony Adler

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