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Plays are notoriously difficult to carve from picaresque works like the epic of Gilgamesh, a sprawling epic that follows the demigod ruler Gilgamesh and his animal counterpart Inkiddu who demonstrate together the qualities that make a good ruler. The Constellation Theatre used an evocative new translation by Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, but words were, as they should have been, only one way to tell the story. Just as important were uniformly brilliant costumes, setting, dance, mime, and a well integrated semi-improvised percussion score. The acting was extremely polished and the whole company worked well together, but everything important and startling happened in the first act, with the short second act just a diminuendo. I was very happy to see this innovative production from one of the best companies in the DC Metropolitan area.