Homer's Iliad is one of the cornerstone works of Western civilization, which means generally everyone knows what it's about ("the story with the big wooden horse"), but nobody reads it anymore. Which is unfortunate, but understandable; it's a work that was meant to be heard, not read. Upstream Theater gives you the chance to experience this bit of our shared culture when it presents Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare's stage adaptation, An Iliad. Jerry Vogel stars in this one-man show, which avoids the dactylic hexameters of the original in favor of a lithe, conversational tone. An Iliad is performed at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday (May 23 through June 8), with a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, June 9, at the Kranzberg Arts Center (501 North Grand Avenue; 314-863-4999 or www.upstreamtheater.org). Tickets are $20 to $30.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: May 23. Continues through June 9, 2013