(Hedy Weiss’s article appeared in The Chicago Sun-Times, 11/17.)
Granted, it might sound entirely counterintuitive to create a stage adaptation of “The Iliad” — Homer’s massive epic about the madness and horrors of war — that is specifically meant to be performed by a cast of 13 young girls, a few of whom are still in fifth grade and probably weigh less than 50 pounds soaking wet.
Yet as it turns out, the concept works brilliantly. Just take a peek at playwright Craig Wright’s eloquent hourlong version of the ancient Greek classic (based on work by translator Robert Fagles and Ian Strachan) now onstage at a Red Orchid Theatre — the same company that in earlier holiday seasons presented a memorable production of “A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant.”
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