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Theater review

‘These Shining Lives’ performers wrestle with weighty script

From left, Sarah Wasserbach, Lydia Nightingale, Tara Burnham and Dana Goodknight star in Curtain Call Theatre's "These Shining Lives."
Photographer: Kevin Gardner
From left, Sarah Wasserbach, Lydia Nightingale, Tara Burnham and Dana Goodknight star in Curtain Call Theatre's "These Shining Lives."
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Cooking up a theatrical event that intertwines labor law and women’s social history, and is “based on a true story,” is not an easy recipe. Season it with too much artifice and the play becomes arch and remote. Oversalt with facts and audiences feel trapped in a lecture hall. And if you cover the real-life situations with too much sugar, you run the risk of it becoming twee and overly sympathetic. Despite a wonderful presentation ...

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