Astronomy and Astrophysics

Science does battle with sorcery at Venus Theater

Science does battle with sorcery at Venus Theater

For the grown-ups, “Aglaonike’s Tiger” has Ann Fraistat portraying a no-nonsense Greek astronomer beset on all sides by dubious mythmaking, magic and mumbo jumbo.

For the kids, the play has Matthew Marcus in a captivating role as Aglaonike’s fanged and striped companion.

The play, which runs at Laurel’s Venus Theatre through Oct. 1, depicts the emergence of realit-based reasoning in an ancient Greece where magical thinking explains just about everything.

Aglaonike, an historical character chronicled by the historian Plutarch, was both a woman at a time when women's claims to mathematical skill were dismissed and a scientist when there was only one answer to...