We all have those evenings that turn, inevitably, into those storytelling days of yore — gathered around a fireplace or a fruit bowl, talking about family and friends, the good times and bad — and sometimes those stories take a poignant turn.
So, too, with The Goddess Diaries, a collection of monologues loosely tied together under the umbrella of a birthday party. At first it seems a little convenient, but as the show continues this melts away to give centerstage to the true message of The Goddess Diaries: the trials of women in the modern world.
All facets of female life are explored — from the dreams of a young girl to the struggles of a mother desperately trying to hold her family together on a road trip.
The ones that strike closest to home are the most topical, such as the desperation and then anxiety over finding a soul mate in a commercial society, or a stirring dual monologue about eating disorders from the perspective of both a teenager and a middle aged woman.
The Goddess Diaries
by Carol Lee Campbell
at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church – Mountain
900 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC, 20001
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With everything in the news today, it’s easy to generalize, to refer to all women or all men or all Americans. The Goddess Diaries reminds us that every woman could be any woman, a mother or a daughter or the last strand holding a corporation together, struggling with both personal and professional problems.
Altogether, once it hits its stride The Goddess Diaries tells stories we know and live daily, in a way that’s fresh, funny, and ultimately hopeful.