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Meat & Potato Theatre: The Odyssey

The theme for Meat & Potato Theatre Company’s season is transitions. Where Around the World in 80 Days dealt with leaving home, Homer’s 3,000-year-old Greek epic poem The Odyssey concerns itself with returning home—Odysseus’ journey after the fall of Troy. The epic is vivid and vast—even incorporating the gods of Greek mythology. To abridge it to a run time of an hour and a half with a five-person cast, Meat & Potato has centered on Odysseus’ departure from the nymph Calypso’s enchanted island and his subsequent voyage to beat back the suitors who eyeing his wife, Penelope, and his estate.

To convey the work’s rich oral tradition, the set is … well, Spartan, as are the costumes. Actors wear T-shirts, jeans and fabric in various ways—easily jumping roles from, say, king to messenger. Combining that minimalist approach with the cast’s clever flourishes and the text’s inherent imagery, this production should be, in itself, epic. (Austen Diamond)

Meat & Potato Theatre Company: The Odyssey @ Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway, 801-355-2787 May 27-June 12, 8 p.m., Sun. matinee 2 p.m., $20.,

Date: May 27, 2011
Time: 8 p.m.;
Phone: 801-355-2787
Address: 138 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City, 84101
Where: Rose Wagner Center