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Reviews — 4 Open

Elizabeth Holmes

Feb. 6, 2018

8:39 PM

I originally found this play on Event Brite. I did not read up on it and knew nothing when I purchased the tickets. I usually know something about a production before hand but the opportunity did not arise.

When I arrived at the theatre to pick up my tickets, I was a little alarmed when I saw the warning notices on the entrance door – violence, language, etc.

That said I took a leap of faith and kept an open mind…and I’m glad I did. The actors took me on a ride through the Congo and told the horrific experiences of the Congolese. I was a little uneasy at the unwanted (yet necessary) physical contact between the characters but that is how I should have felt.

The experiences shared sneaks up on the listener because one moment you’re listening to music and an actor reading a fashion magazine and the next you are hearing of a woman held captive for 5 months while being abused by multiple men.

It was a roller coaster ride but even though it was scary and uncomfortable, you needed to feel every scary turn it took.

In the end, I realized that these were true stories based on the author’s interviews and that made it all the more poignant.

As I said to one of the theatre people as I was leaving – stunning play, magnificent actors. I said that I was angry at all of them for different reasons which meant they did their job.

If the content wasn’t what it was I would see it again. But then again I will see it in my mind and perhaps see what I can do to make a difference.

Bravo to the actors and everyone involved. Bravo!

Tom Jones

Feb. 13, 2018

8:07 AM

Watching this production was a powerful and moving experience as I tried to reconcile that this was more than just a play. The acting was superb from all of the principles as it moved from scene to scene sweeping me into the tumultuousness and the fragility of their lives. I was cheering for Mama Nadi, Sophie, Salima, and Josephine. I felt for Christian and I detested the soldiers. In other words, the characters became real to me as I became a part of the play. I went to see a play and I was made to feel and so I highly recommend the play and kudos to Angela Konrad, the director and everyone who worked so hard to make this happen. Thank you for educating me and helping me to feel.

Tom Jones


Feb. 13, 2018

2:57 PM

Very strong performances by the cast! Bravo! A powerful play and a most important story to be told. Fine use of minimal staging.
I felt at moments overwhelmed (not in the good way that I should be, but simply by too loud voices for too long. I lost the impact. I found myself pulling back.) I’m sure “being overwhelmed” is an integral part of the experience. However, as an audience member, I have a limited time to digest what I am meant to take in .Perhaps modulating voices would be useful It wasn’t the violence that I felt was out of place.
I realize, in writing this, that asking a play to “modulate” the chaos of war is ridiculous,
I genuinely appreciated the play.

Jim Meggait

Feb. 13, 2018

5:59 PM

Facing such darkness is no easy task. “Ruined” takes all those involved through a most heart-wrenching exposure to the pain and promise of the people of the Congo. Be open! Trust that your heart will recover. Go participate in this masterfully written and performed event!

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