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Metamorphoses

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from April 13-May 18
7:30 p.m.
$29-$78
Theater

Unlike the spectacle-laden extravaganzas that typify Broadway sensations, the 2002 staging of Metamorphoses hearkened back to the essentials of drama, summoning the pantheon of Greek mythologies cataloged in Roman poet Ovid’s timeless masterpiece. The work radiated a contemporary vitality courtesy of Mary Zimmerman’s culturally resonate adaptation (based on the translation of David R. Slavitt). Zimmerman picked up a Tony Award for best director, providing further recognition for the captivatingly imagined retelling of triumphs and tragedies so legendary they’re part of our storytelling DNA. Metamorphoses is being revisited by Berkeley Repertory Theatre with Zimmerman back in the director’s chair, overseeing an ensemble that includes numerous original cast members. The work’s signature set design will return, including a large pool that serves as an transformative piece, both literal and figurative, capable of conveying everything from an embryonic calm to a tempestuous rage (the latter having necessitated a “splash zone” in the front row for audiences). Still stunningly realized some 17 years later, this production sets out to divine fresh inspiration from the perpetual tides of ancient mythology.