Venue Details

Arena Stage - Fichandler
1101 Sixth Street, SW Washington, DC 20024
202-488-3300
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4.7 / 5 Rated by 107 members
Review from Linda Hirsch
Red Velvet 62 events 34 reviews

Powerful, moving, well acted, beautifully staged production. Theater in the round is not, however, for best venue for this play. It was often difficult to hear the words when characters had their backs to my seat section. I also could not...continued

reviewed May 24 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Jane Jasper
Red Velvet 88 events 21 reviews

Magnificent!!
Acting superb and story so very moving

reviewed May 22 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from EVE
Red Velvet 46 events 19 reviews

FANTASTIC!
RIVITING!

reviewed Apr 30 2011 report as inappropriate
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Description

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.

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