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An Iliad, by Lisa Peterson & Denis O'Hare

393 Broad St, Providence, RI   (view map)

The Wilbury Group is greeting the still-new year with a new spin on an ancient, timeless tale: An Iliad, an adaptation of Homer’s epic poem by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, from Robert Fagles’s translation. Artistic director Josh Short says, “From the moment I read this play I felt that it was perfect Wilbury Group material. In keeping with our continued exploration of societal decline and collapse this season, An Iliad makes the effects of rage and war so immediate and accessible that even on the page the play is incredibly moving and relevant.” The Chicago Sun-Times said it “brilliantly meshes past and present calamity, with touches of the most caustic dark humor suddenly shifting into unimaginable pathos.” The words will be delivered by one actor: Matthew Fraza as The Poet. An Iliad is at the Southside Cultural Center, 393 Broad St, Providence, through February 9 (Thursday-Saturday plus January 26 and 27 7:30 pm) | $20, $15 students + seniors (previews the 23rd-25th $15; the 26th is pay-what-you-can) | 401.400.7100 |

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