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6381 Star Starred
Arena Stage - Fichandler
1101 Sixth Street, SW Washington, DC 20024
202-488-3300
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"Ruined"
107 ratings
4.7 average rating
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4 events
4 reviews
2 stars
attended Apr 24 2011

The play of the 'Vagina Monologues' variety but focused only on the Second Congo War. Like V. Monologues, you learn about mass rapes and a desperately TERRIBLE situation, with some parts of the recounting so horrifying that it made me...continued

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1 review
0 stars
attended Apr 24 2011

This play takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions from light-hearted to shocking. The cast takes the subject matter and makes it real; the content high's are high and the low's are painful. Very well directed and acted.

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25 events
8 reviews
12 stars
attended Apr 30 2011

This is the first play I've seen at the "new" Arena stage and I must say it is absolutely beautiful and my seat was great. The play itself was very thought provoking and heart wrenching, It provided us with a look into the lives of women that...continued

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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.

<em>Carousel</em> Mariah Carey <em>Into the Woods</em> <em>Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical</em> <em>Black Side of the Moon</em> <em>Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley</em> Septime Webre's <em>The Nutcracker</em> <em>Carousel</em> <em>The Secret Garden</em> <em>The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue</em> <em>A Choral Arts Christmas</em>