BWW Reviews: AN ILIAD is a Masterpiece in Storytelling at Berkeley Rep
Be prepared. There are no vast projections of ships and battlefields or ancient fighting men. An overturned table on Rachel Hauck’s sparse stage becomes both rampart and bed and a chair is a chariot. A few more props are used – but other than that, the play is distilled and focused on Woronicz – and he is masterful. That said, lighting (Scott Zielinski) and absolutely compelling sound effects (Mark Bennett) are pivotal to the storytelling, almost becoming second and third actors in the performance.
“They want to go home,” sings the plaintive poet. He’s speaking of the Greeks but it could easily be any battle worn warrior in any age, missing home. “They’ve forgotten why they’re fighting…how do you know when you’ve won?” How much longer must he tell the tale?
Adapted by Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare from Homer
Directed by Peterson
Through Nov. 18
Berkeley Repertory's Thrust Stage
100 minutes with no intermission
Photo courtesy of Kevinberne.com.