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An Iliad at Indiana Repertory Theatre

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Henry Woronicz in An Iliad - ZACH ROSING
  • Zach Rosing
  • Henry Woronicz in An Iliad

Seeing An Iliad, playing through Nov. 16 on Indiana Repertory Theatre's upper stage, is an unsettling and deeply effective theatrical experience. The lyrical script plays on the universality of Homeric myth, drawing effortless connections between the action of the poem and our combative culture.

Lone performer Henry Woronicz succinctly embodies this rage-filled, warring world. He deftly distills complex concepts down to the simplest gesture or expression.

Lighting from Betsy Cooprider-Bernstein and sound from Andrew Hopson are integral to Woronicz's performance; they act as scene partners, alchemically peopling the stage through their work.

Director Fontaine Syer expertly knits together each element to evoke a temporal yet sacred feeling. The result? A play that delivers punch-to-the-gut moments, while enhancing our understanding of war on a human level.

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