"Helen of Sparta" is a modernized, feminized, comedy-fied version of the Trojan War story, according to Danielle Mari, the director of Raconteur Theatre Company's production of the play.

"Helen of Sparta" is a modernized, feminized, comedy-fied version of the Trojan War story, according to Danielle Mari, the director of Raconteur Theatre Company's production of the play.

So what does a modern version of an ancient Greek tale look like? For one thing, the beautiful Helen of Sparta, aka "the face that launched a thousand ships," is a spoiled brat. Instead of a hero, Paris is a total dimwit. And along the way to rescue Helen, King Menelaus gets stuck in bureaucratic red tape.

This will be the play's Midwest premiere (take that, Chicago!), so don't miss the chance to see Raconteur Theatre break new ground.