Wednesday, March 19, 2014
The Iliad is one of the oldest stories still being told. It’s not so much a pillar of world literature as a living trunk that continues to grow branches. The latest offshoot, An Iliad, is the Obie-winning adaptation by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, directed by John Langs at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. The stage design by Andrew Boyce is a visual marker: it’s a ruin but not an ancient one. With dirty broken bricks and rubble heaps suggesting World War II Europe, the stage points to An Iliad unbound by time and place. The sole actor visible for most of the production, Jim DeVita, plays the Poet, who is Homer, The Iliad’s legendary author, but also every bard who ever recorded the stories of every war.