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NT Live: Phedre 

When: Oct. 7-9 2010
Price: $13-$15, free for UCCS students

All my memories of Jean Racine's masterpiece Phèdre are doubly distorted by language gap and sleep deprivation. From my 8 a.m. college French class, I remember it mostly as the histrionic tale of a Greek queen who falls in love with her stepson, who ends up being killed by a Cthulhu-esque sea monster, at which point the queen delivers her own maundering eulogy and then poisons herself. Of course, the version I read was the original 17th-century behemoth. Perhaps if it had been National Theatre Live's free-verse translation by Ted Hughes, it would have left a more stirring impression. TheatreWorks will host viewings of the production, which showcases the best of British theater for a broadcast audience, on a 9-by-16-foot screen at 2 and 7 p.m. today in the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., theatreworkscs.org). Tickets run $13 to $15 for non-members, and are gratis for UCCSstudents. — Claire Swinford

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