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Mountain – at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church

Remaining Performances: Saturday, July 20, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, 6:15 p.m.

They say: “Voted One Of The Best by DCMetroTheaterArts when it debuted at Capital Fringe 2012, the Diaries combines monologues, music and dance in a moving exploration of the modern journey.”

Lindsey’s Take: The Goddess Diaries returns to Fringe, after performances around the D.C. area and a debut at Capital Fringe 2012, all of which raise funds for women’s shelters. The large cast—-12 women from all across the age spectrum—-explore in words and song their journeys as women from different perspectives.

Stories from Greek mythology and the turning wheel of time serve as a metaphor for the various stages of life that each woman finds themselves in. The youngest discuss childhood and self-discovery, independence and cautionary tales of acting out as a teenager. The actresses explore stories of victimization, depression, self-doubt, and eating disorders—-and most of all what it means to be normal. From the rules of dating, concerns about sexual identity, the importance of getting married, and finding “the one” to the trials of raising children, these women find their commonalities and differences.

The new cast members for the 2013 Fringe season tell their stories with care. They have a natural rapport on stage, with a few notable exceptions in the overwrought teenage narrator and the forgetful grandmother figure. The show includes live music from three local artists on the cello, guitar, and djembe.

See it if: You share these concerns as a woman living in 2013.

Skip it if: Your Fringe is a little more Fringey.

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