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The Alley's Greeks is grander in notion than in execution

The cycles of destruction and rebirth, of journeys and returns, are the elements that endure in Greek myth. These stories, which were central to Cavander and Barton's translation, are lost in this production, which seeks cleverness over truth. Borrowing the elegiac tone that The Greeks so desperately lacks, it might be said that Boyd, like Agamemnon, has been poisoned by the taste of fame, and can no longer remember what it's like to trust the common people -- who are, in this case, his audience.

-- Megan Halverson

The Geeks (part one) plays through April 24 at the Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Avenue, 228-8421.

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