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The Center Theater's bawdy, funk-futuristic version of Aristophanes' classic comedy--written in 411 BC, now set in 2411 AD--has been extended for an additional three weeks. Though the prolonged run necessitates the replacement of several cast members, the changes shouldn't affect the production's strongest elements: Donald Coates's witty pop-rock score (marred only by the fact that there isn't more of it), the whimsical, punk-primitive design, the finely honed ensemble speech and movement of the Greek chorus, and Dale Calandra's strangely free yet faithful adaptation of Aristophanes' script (whose campy pop-cultural anachronisms serve to highlight, not obscure, the timeless themes of women's self-empowerment and the madness of war). Center Theater, through January 18; Friday, 8 PM; Saturday, 6 and 9 PM; Sunday, 7:30 PM; $9-$10.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Jennifer Girard.

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