African-American History as a Homeric Odyssey

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The family that Ulysses Lincoln must return to -- Great Aunt Tina (Margo Hall), Nella Pell (Omoze Idehenre) and Malachai (Michael Curry) -- is threatened by the unscrupulous Johnny Suitor (Aldo Billingslea). (Photo: Kevin Berne)

This week's Do List co-host Marc Bamuthi Joseph liked Black Odyssey at California Shakespeare Theater so much, he went back the next night with his wife, kids, and in-laws. It's an adaptation of Homer's Odyssey by Marcus Gardley, raised in Oakland, which name-checks everyone from Paw Sidin (Poseidon) and Tiresias to Emmett Till and Tina Turner. Check out KQED theater critic John Wilkins' review hereBlack Odyssey runs Aug. 9–Sept. 3 at California Shakespeare Theater; details here.