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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."
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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