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Stage Review

O’Hare is spell-binding in ‘An Iliad’

As “An Iliad’’ gets underway, a light bulb is burning on the nearly bare Paramount Center Mainstage. The stage is abruptly plunged into darkness. And then, just as suddenly, a spotlight bursts upon a man, seated upon a suitcase.

He is an ordinary-looking fellow in a long overcoat, a hat, and what appear to be army boots, and he is speaking, curiously enough, in ancient Greek. The man soon switches to English and begins to tell a tale — one, it’s clear, he’s told many times before, and one that, in one form or another, is as old as humanity itself. It’s the story of war.

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