Everybody complains about their commute, especially now that Highway 40s out of commission. Odysseus has everybody beat; after ten years plying his trade during the Trojan War (home of the largest horse ever seen), all he wants to do is go home and snuggle with his wife, Penelope, and dandle his son Telemachus on his knee. These simple desires are stymied by a journey that takes him another ten years to accomplish. And its not just high gas prices Odysseus has to battle; there are psychotic Cyclops, seductive sorceresses and grumpy gods working against him at every turn. His commute was so epic, it became the epitome of endless schlep: The Odyssey. Mary Zimmermans renowned stage adaptation of the longest ride home opens St. Louis Shakespeares new season. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (July 25 through August 3) with a 7:30 p.m. show on Thursday, July 31, at the Grandel Theatre (3610 Grandel Square; 314-534-1111 or www.stlshakespeare.org). Tickets are $10 to $22.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: July 25. Continues through Aug. 3, 2008