Lynn Nottage won the Pulitzer prize for this play, largely I suspect because of the power of the material and the opportunity it provides for great actors to demonstrate their talents. The play still needs work – it is longer than it needs to be and has at least one scene that is unnecessary. Playing with the parott adds mothing – Kill the Parrot!
But this production was excellent- a very powerful cast kept the audience fully engaged. Yanna McIntosh as Mama Nadi was brilliant. She did not miss a step and managed to be tough, funny, sarcastic and vulnerable and always totally believable.
the rest of the cast were also strong. Sterling Jarvis as Christian was a perfect foil for McIntosh. Sophia Walker as Sophia gave a literally show stopping performance – her speech about what happened to her and her baby was so powerful and so powerfully delivered that the audience clapped spontaneously – probably because the only possible other reaction was to burst into tears.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Ruined

  1. Keith says:

    Performances trump play certainly in this case. The play does need work and I agree: if you introduce a parrot in the first act, it has to say or do something in the second. The material is powerful, uncomfortable and important; but that doesn't alter the fact the play itself still needs work.I have not always been comfortable with McIntosh's performances, but I have no problems here – she was excellent.I also agree about Sophia Walker (Salima, not Sophia I think – but I may have got her character and Sabryn Rock's names confused). In any case, we agree on the speech; we appear to have seen her in lots of shows, but I only remember he in Harlem Duet – but I'll certainly remember her here.I also think Marci T. House's "Josephine" deserves to be remarked on – not as sympathetic character as Sophie or Salima, but important to the play and well brought to life here.

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