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Geffen Playhouse - Gil Cates Theater
10886 Le Conte Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90024
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54 events
22 reviews
40 stars
There is no intermission. Plan ahead.
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Nancy Belling Boyarsky Red Velvet
44 events
8 reviews
6 stars
Parking: The free parking at the Westwood public structure (paid for by the Geffen) is a real hassle when everyone leaves at once. We pay $5.50 for a lot a block away from the theater and are home in bed by the time the last person straggles out of that slow garage line.
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Reviews & Ratings

107 ratings
4.7 average rating
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1 review
0 stars
attended Sep 09 2010

It was a thought-provoking, startling and yet entertaining show. There were some wonderful performances that will stay with me for a long time. I highly recommend seeing it. You will learn something. My only criticism is that the actors might...continued

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1 review
0 stars
attended Sep 09 2010

Ruined is a tremendous, theatrical work of art, firstly, for it's substance and the story it champions, and secondly, for every sweet and bitter layer of the telling, that come through this production in its superb acting, writing, directing,...continued

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24 reviews
64 stars
attended Sep 09 2010

I was very moved by this play. Although the subject matter is as grim as they come, the play is disarmingly life affirming. The cast alone is worth the price of admission.

After many missteps, include shows I've walked out on, this is the best...continued

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Lynn Nottage’s _Ruined _is a powerful portrayal of the triumph of the human spirit in a war-torn country. Guided by music and the rhythm of life in the Congo, Ruined transports audiences to Mama Nadi’s bar, a small town refuge where intimacy comes at a price. But by creating this uneasy oasis for women who have no place else to go, is Mama a protector or profiteer? Expertly navigating relationships and politics, this remarkable story, rich with humor, hope and humanity, was lauded in numerous critic top 10 lists and was extended eight times during its New York run.