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As does his Muse. Mark Bennett has designed an extraordinary soundscape. Brian Ellingsen plays the Musician/Muse. Turning an amplified double bass into an entire orchestra, Ellingsen performs Bennett’s arresting score and — thumping here, pinching there — conjures up everything from the clamor of battle to the tattered heart of old King Priam, who has suffered enough “pain to break the spirit.” ■

An Iliad, by Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson, based on the Robert Fagles translation

La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, UCSD

Directed by Lisa Peterson, cast: Henry Woronicz, Brian Ellingsen; scenic design, Rachel Hauck; costumes, Marina Draghici; lighting, Scott Zielinski; original music and sound, Mark Bennett

Playing through September 9; Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Sunday at 7:00 p.m. Matinee Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. 858-550-1010.

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Twister Aug. 22, 2012 @ 2:36 p.m.

On translation, read Edna St. Vincent Millay's essay in her and George Dillon's translation of "Flowers of Evil."

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Prosperina Aug. 22, 2012 @ 8:58 p.m.

would love to see it!!! even more, would love to tell that story - this play fabulous writing (as usual) the beautiful depths of feeling needed and expended to tell such tales.....

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sammyz March 21, 2013 @ 12:11 p.m.

Would love to see this again! Please bring it back!! bravo !!!!!!

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