I saw Ruined on Saturday at Arena Stage during its opening weekend and was very impressed by the performance. The music throughout was great and Rachael Holmes, who plays one of the main characters, Sophie, has a wonderful voice. Ruined takes place in the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo and centers around a bar in a small mining town that doubles as a whore house. The main character is Mama Nadi, a strong, but arrogant woman played by Jenny Jules, who is the proprietor of the whore house and makes her living by catering to miners, soldiers, and whoever else is passing through town. Mama Nadi takes in women who can no longer go home to their villages for whatever reason, and gives them food and shelter in exchange for their services at the bar.