The gorgeous unit set is by Sara Ossana and the lovely period costumes are by Marilyn Salvatore. Beautiful blonde Aubrey Dion plays the leading role of Catherine. She captures the angst of the character excellently and her interactions with her fellow cast members is astounding. Aubrey delivers a brilliant performance that leaves you in tears at the close of the show. She displays how the radium affected her body by her stance and limp, eventually collapsing into her husband's arms. The other girls deliver the goods in this powerful show and are splendid, too. Their camaraderie is shown when they bond when they visit the shore and sing "By the Beautiful Sea". The first time is a joyous celebration while their last time is poignant as you hear what happened to each of the women. Katerina Pavao plays Pearl who is the joke teller. Grace Curley plays Charlotte who is the fastest worker in the factory. Charlotte is standoffish at first but eventually accepts Catherine into their little circle after they go for a banana split. Grace has a tear jerking moment with Aubrey when her character realizes the gravity of their dire situation of radium poisoning. The truthful Frances is played by Marisa Urgo. Rachel gives each of her performers to shine.
The four men in the show do a beautiful job with their roles, too. Catherine's husband is played by George Killian who delivers an electrifying performance as he confronts the factory boss, saying he expected to grow old with his wife but now that won't happen because Mr. Reed was only concerned about making money for the company and not caring about the lives of the employees. George also plays a Chicago doctor bringing bad news to the four women. Dan Caplin plays the jovial boss, Mr. Reed, who keeps trying to placate the women as the show goes along. He breaks down in tears when he is confronted by the angry husband near the close of the show. Rounding out the cast is Logan Serabian as the company doctor who tells the women to take an aspirin and Ben Williams as the short tempered lawyer. So for a look back at a tragic time in America's past, be sure to catch "These Shining Lives". It shows corporate America only cares about the almighty dollar over the lives of their workers. It definitely tugs on your heartstrings, leaving you in tears at the impact of these talented performers..