You'd be forgiven for suspecting that a one-man retelling of the Iliad at Seattle's largest (and sometimes fustiest) regional theater would be an edifying snooze—but you'd also be 1,000 percent wrong. Local actor Hans Altwies brings the juice as a tattered storyteller straight out of a Cormac McCarthy wasteland, doomed to wander the earth and tell his tale over and over again. Altwies jumps between high Homeric incantations (occasionally in ancient Greek) and beguiling, chilling storytelling. (Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St, 443-2222. 2 and 7:30 pm, $12–$37. Through May 16.)

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