The Radiant | Athenaeum Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Radiant The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 11 2017

Marie Curie’s epochal scientific triumphs, including the isolation of radium and the discovery of radioactivity, were overshadowed during her lifetime by unwanted celebrity, sexism, and public scandal. Shirley Lauro’s tender, searching play, presented by Genesis Theatrical Productions, is adapted from accounts of Curie's clandestine affair with Paul Langevin, a married former student of her beloved husband, Pierre Curie, whom two Parisian packhorses trampled to his untimely death four years prior to the action of the drama. Debbie Ruzicka puts forward an overwhelmingly fragile Marie to James McGuire's shuffling and rakish Paul, her extreme demands—"Leave your wife and children!"—tough and beautiful in their urgent passion. Kaitlin Taylor directs. —Max Maller

Price: $32, $17 students and seniors

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