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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 11 2010

Scheduled to premiere in sections over the next four months, Jeremy Menekseoglu's Agon Trilogy covers essentially the same territory as Aeschylus's Oresteia: warlord Agamemnon's return to Greece after the destruction of Troy; his murder at the hands of his adulterous wife, Clytemnestra; and the revenge his children, Elektra and Orestes, take on their mother. But if this first installment is any indication, it'll do so in an arrestingly idiosyncratic way. "Agamemnon" focuses on the doomed king's shipboard run-ins with his Trojan concubine, Cassandra, as they sail away from her home and towards his. That's an episode Aeschylus ignores entirely. But Menekseoglu--who also plays the title role--makes it a small, stunning portrait of power dynamics in a relationship that by turns echoes those between Edward Albee's George and Martha, Orson Welles's Charles and Susan Kane, and Sophocles's Antigone and Creon. Oh, and Jean Cocteau's Belle and Bete, too. --Tony Adler

Price: $15-$18

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