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54 Star Starred
Raven Theatre West Stage
at W Granville Ave 6157 North Clark St. Chicago, IL 60660
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"These Shining Lives"
29 ratings
4.8 average rating
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Katarzyna P.
63 events
21 reviews
3 stars
attended Jan 10 2009

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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41 reviews
7 stars
attended Oct 23 2009

This story is very powerful and should be required reading for all high school and college US History classes. This production made it come to life to perfection. Except for one anachronism (one of the actors wore a piece of jewelry inappropriate...continued

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37 reviews
44 stars
attended Oct 30 2009

Excellent cast, sober but interesting, informative story about ladies in Ottawa IL victimized by corporate employers and their struggle to right the wrong. Well done production.

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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.

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