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Pleiades Recommended

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 30 2014
Phone: 503-679-3695
Price: $20-$25
In Greek mythology, Artemis is the pantheon’s most strident feminist, a fearsome huntress who scorns most males for their barbarism and vulgarity, while protecting the wilderness and women from defilement by force or guile. Unfortunately, men are not usually Artemis’ problem. In Pleiades — Marissa Skudlarek’s clever reinterpretation of the story of seven sisters who serve as companions to Artemis — Zeus is portrayed by a charismatic Vietnam vet, while the goddess is represented by a fiery cousin, aptly named for her Roman counterpart, Diane. Set in 1971, Pleiades transforms the seven nymphs into baby boomers, straddling a stodgy world of stereotypes (archetypes) and a promised world of sisterhood and freedom, which may also fall prey to rigidity. We don’t know the outcome of Skudlarek’s Pleiades (in myth, Zeus impregnates three of the sisters — Poseidon and Ares get to the rest — and they are all transformed into stars for protection or exaltation, depending on who you read). What we do know is Skudlarek is a real talent, and all myths strive toward elucidation.
— Silke Tudor


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