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A brand-new take on Beowulf

Depending on which translation you prefer, the ancient poem “Beowulf” begins with the call, “Lo!” or “Attend!” or “Hear me!” or “Listen!” or even “What ho!” (that variously translated word: “Hwæt!”). Whatever the command, audiences will almost certainly prick up their ears at this new musical adaptation, Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage, produced by Shotgun Players and Banana Bag & Bodice. In Jason Craig’s script, a bevy of narrators, each of whom offers a wildly different interpretation of the epic, compete to tell the tale. Dave Malloy provides the musical accompaniment, a blend of “Weillian cabaret, ’40s jazz harmony, indie rock, electronica, and Romantic lieder.” Rod Hipskind directs the Anglo-Saxon theatrics.
Sundays, 5 p.m.; Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: March 29. Continues through April 18, 2009
 
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