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Raven Theatre West Stage
at W Granville Ave 6157 North Clark St. Chicago, IL 60660
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"These Shining Lives"
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4.8 average rating
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17 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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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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7 stars
attended Nov 06 2009

This was a moving story with a fabulous cast. I highly recommend it.

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“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.