These Shining Lives | Raven Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 21 2009
Phone: 773-334-7728
Price: $22-$35
Rivendell Theatre brings back a hit from last winter. Director Rachel Walshe's first professional production could teach even seasoned directors a thing or two about pacing, tone, dramatic arc, and--most impressive of all--the emotional power of theatrical modesty. Her restrained, graceful, gut-wrenching production teases myriad nuances from Melanie Marnich's based-on-fact play about flapper-era women who earned unprecedented financial independence painting glow-in-the-dark watch faces at Ottawa, Illinois's Radium Dial Company, only to fall victim to radium poisoning a decade later. Marnich gives an already compelling story wider historical resonance by carefully orchestrating well-chosen metaphors to equate the victims' downfall with the wholesale curtailment of women's newly won social freedoms during the Great Depression. Rivendell Theatre Ensemble's pitch-perfect cast make 100 intermissionless minutes urgent and captivating. --Justin Hayford



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