The Center Theater’s bawdy, funk-futuristic version of Aristophanes’ classic comedy–written in 411 BC, now set in 2411 AD–has been extended for an additional three weeks. Though the prolonged run necessitates the replacement of several cast members, the changes shouldn’t affect the production’s strongest elements: Donald Coates’s witty pop-rock score (marred only by the fact that there isn’t more of it), the whimsical, punk-primitive design, the finely honed ensemble speech and movement of the Greek chorus, and Dale Calandra’s strangely free yet faithful adaptation of Aristophanes’ script (whose campy pop-cultural anachronisms serve to highlight, not obscure, the timeless themes of women’s self-empowerment and the madness of war). Center Theater, through January 18; Friday, 8 PM; Saturday, 6 and 9 PM; Sunday, 7:30 PM; $9-$10.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Jennifer Girard.