Ruined: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play About War-Torn Congo at Arena Stage
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The last date listed for Ruined was Sunday June 5, 2011 / 7:30pm.
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This was the best play I have seen in years. Beautifully and meaningfully written, with humor and pathos, like all great plays. Not at all didactic, though a message of humanism shines through. An excellent cast, obviously committed to the writers and directors vision. A gorgeous if spare look, and even good music well-sung at appropriate times. Highly recommended.
In war-torn Congo, Mama Nadi keeps the peace between customers on both sides of the civil war by serving everything from cold beers to warm beds. This shrewd matriarch both protects and profits from the women whose bodies have become battlegrounds “ruined” by the brutality of government soldiers and rebel forces alike. Inspired by interviews conducted in Africa, this searing play is an engrossing and uncommonly human story told with humor and song, revealing the immeasurable loss and hopelessness of war, yet finding affirmation in life and hope.