A Parent’s review of ‘An Illiad’

When I heard that ‘An Iliad was going to be performed at the Ensemble Theater, I was thrilled, knowing that my freshman son was going to have to read it for his literature class next year. He, being a sports-minded 14 year-old who doesn’t generally enjoy his assigned literature material, was not so enthusiastic. When I told him that I had been offered media tickets to attend the show, he was hoping I would invite someone, anyone, besides him. With the promise of an ice cream treat after the show, I dragged him downtown as my date for the evening. I tried to explain to him that plays aren’t generally written to be boring, and assured him it would be worth his time. I was quite relieved when, at the end of the show, he agreed that he was glad he came and that he actually enjoyed it! The entire play is performed by one actor, “The Poet”, who is on stage for the entire 100 minute show with no intermission. The Poet is performed by Bruce Cromer who you may have seen playing Ebenezer Scrooge at Playhouse in the Park’s version of A Christmas Carol. As The Poet, he tells the story of the Iliad to the audience. Thankfully, the 15,693 line poem is condensed into a more manageable story. It’s the story of the Trojan War, but most importantly, the people, the soldiers, the wives left behind, and the children of the war. Its told in an up-to-date way, making the audience feel like it didn’t take place 3000 years ago. It has a contemporary feel, while...