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Raven Theatre West Stage
at W Granville Ave 6157 North Clark St. Chicago, IL 60660
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emily charles
theater has a parking lot
Witch Slap! info Sep 01 2014 star this tip starred
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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.
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4.8 average rating
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148 reviews
60 stars
attended Oct 23 2009

Very well done! Had no idea they were in previews, because everything was perfect: lines, staging, costumes, lighting.

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7 reviews
20 stars
attended Nov 05 2009

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

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3 reviews
13 stars
attended Oct 31 2009

I was absolutely stunned by the quality of this prodution and the acting. It is a must see. Bravo!

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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.

About the Ticket Supplier: Rivendell Theatre Ensemble

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, founded in 1996, is committed to its mission of pursuing the talents of women artists -- writers, actors, directors, designers and technical staff -- and to seeking out plays that explore the unique female experience in an intimate, salon environment.