Sometimes, the old stories are the best ones, and there are few older than Homer's The Iliad. The poem is nearly 3,000 years old, but the tale of the last days of the Trojan War and the terrible toll it takes on both sides of the fight proves that human nature hasn't changed all that much since ancient days. An Iliad takes us through the basics of the story as one actor, Stephen Yoakam, plays the Poet who tells the story, interjecting asides and comments on the many wars that followed. Yoakam is making his first turn in the one-man show. His list of local credits runs long, and includes plenty of performances at the Guthrie (he was the highlight of last year's Tales from Hollywood as Bertolt Brecht) and on stages around the area. Lisa Peterson (who has directed at the Guthrie in the past and will lead the upcoming Clybourne Park) and Tony Award-winning actor Denis O'Hare created the adaptation, while the local production is directed by Benjamin McGovern.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 1 p.m. Starts: May 4. Continues through May 26, 2013