Radium Girls | McKaw Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 12 2008
Price: $15
The first act of D.W. Gregory's based-on-fact play--about U.S. Radium Corporation employees in the 1920s, who developed cancer from painting watch faces with radium-laced paint--is wasted on a barrage of brief, schematic scenes that neatly divide the world into saints and villains. It's only later, when she starts offering extended, psychologically nuanced scenes, that ethically ambiguous and theatrically compelling truths finally emerge. The performances in director Jamie Desrocher's uneven Point of Contention production range from hammy (trench-coated reporters repeatedly barking headlines-as-narration) to engrossing (the self-effacing Scott Cupper as the guilt-ridden company president forced to choose between various evils). The two-hour evening may bump along gracelessly, but it tells a story worth hearing. --Justin Hayford



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