These Shining Lives, Stirring Drama About Depression-Era Factory Workers
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The easiest way to get there from either the Loop or Evanston is to take the Red Line to the Granville stop and walk west on Granville to the theater which is on the corner of Granville and Clark. For some odd reason, Google Maps tells you to turn right on to Clark. Don't do it. The Raven Theater is on your left and on the corner of Granville and Clark.Wit travel • Jun 09 2014 star this tip starred
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Featured review from Katarzyna P.
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This was a wonderful story about beginnings of the feminism in Chicago.
One of the best shows I have ever seen.
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This play was fantastic. The story is one I was didn't know about, but it's one everyone -- especially women should know. The acting is top notch! I was moved to tears. Please, please do not miss this performance!! I told everyone I know to go...continued
Quotes & Highlights
“Marnich…has an ear for warm, natural dialogue…Though never transcendent, the play’s linguistic honesty satisfies.” —Time Out Chicago
These Shining Lives is nominated for three Joseph Jefferson Awards, including Best Production, Best Actress and Best Direction.
Melanie Marnich’s These Shining Lives chronicles the real lives of the women of the Radium Dial Company in Ottawa, Illinois. Catherine Donahue finds work painting watch faces at the Radium Dial Company in Ottawa. These Shining Lives follows the ten-year span between Catherine’s first days as a watch painter to her final days as she fought fiercely — though dying from brutal radium poisoning that painfully degenerated her bones — as part of a class action law suit to hold the Radium Dial Company accountable for its negligence.