Returning to Cal Shakes 2018 line-up, black odyssey continues to bring large crowds to the Bruns Amphitheater. Last season the Northern California premiere of Marcus Gardley’s cautionary tale set attendance records for the company. Original cast members and newcomers combine to tell the tale of American soldier Ulysses Lincoln (newcomer JD Mollison) and his struggles to find his way home to his wife and son. But manipulating his journey are a host of gods: the dignified Deus (newcomer Cleavant Derrick), the scheming Paw Sidin (Aldo Billingslea) and the radiant Aunt Tina (Margo Hall). black odyssey continues through Oct. 7 at the Bruns, 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, in Orinda. Call 510-548-9666 or go to www.calshakes.org.
– Sally Hogarty, Editor