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Stage REview

‘Beowulf’ is more cute than clever at Oberon

CAMBRIDGE — Have your visits to the storied mead halls of “Beowulf” been woefully short on mead? Do you have trouble keeping your Scyldings and your Scylfings straight? Would you like to see a presentation of this epic tale ditch the tinkly harp accompaniment and give its WWF-worthy hero the rock band he so obviously deserves? Then head out to Oberon, where Banana Bag & Bodice’s “Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage” is back in business, still trying, among other things, to help Grendel get over his mother fixation.

Banana Bag & Bodice itself is not quite a thousand years old, having emerged in San Francisco in 1999, the brainchild of Jason Craig and Jessica Jelliffe, who are now married and have an actual child. In 2000, BB&B moved to Brooklyn; “Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage” debuted in 2008 and made brief visits to Oberon in 2010 and, as part of the ART’s Emerging America Festival, 2011. Now the 80-minute show is getting a three-week run in which to swing a battle ax or two.

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