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The Odyssey onstage? Yes, in Derek Walcott's adaptation

Hubris -- a kind of convulsive, ambitious pride -- was the tragic flaw in many a Greek hero, but it is life's blood to theater people. What else gives them the courage to put epic dreams on a bare stage, to evoke ancient empires with only words and a few props? Arrogance is the mother of theatrical invention, and the spur to Douglas C. Wager's new production of Derek Walcott's The Odyssey at the Arena Stage in Washington.

Walcott, the Nobel-winning West Indian poet whose 8,000-line Omeros hijacked Homer to the Caribbean, here packs the major events of the Odyssey into...

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