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Ruination: 3 short stories



The first 15 minutes of a play should do at least two things: introduce the characters and plot while grabbing the audience's attention. Ruination: 3 short stories, unfortunately, only slightly accomplishes one of these. Set in a 1930s Alberta town, the play's initial downfall begins in the first scene where a woman named Lydia laments about her son Ambrose for having to leave town while she parades around her hat shop. Instead of telling the audience why, she jumps between an array of topics at a rapid pace that have little or no explanation or point of. This introduction drags on until the next scene or "story." We are then introduced to Ruination, a young woman who has just burned down a laundromat of the local Chinese man who was getting close with Ambrose. The backstory of each character is interesting, but the constant monologues about characters that don't make an appearance, and only briefly mentioned, seemed to leave the audience confused and somewhat exhausted. The actors are by no means bad, but the writing leads them into a convoluted mess of wordy plot. Reviewed by Stephan Boissonneault.


Gig City


Total Score
1.5/ 5

Reader Rating
14 total ratings



Dates / Times:
  • 4:45 pm - 2017/08/18
  • 8:45 pm - 2017/08/20
  • 2:30 pm - 2017/08/23
  • 6:45 pm - 2017/08/24
  • 11:00 pm - 2017/08/25
  • 12:00 pm - 2017/08/27

Posted 2017/08/18 by



3 Reviews

    Michael Lema

    I saw the play last night (August 20th). Far from being “confused and exhausted”, I was hooked from the start, well oriented about the characters and their connections, content to follow the artful “reveal” of the story as each character recalls events from her or his perspective, and deeply moved by the mixture of fondness and regret in each turn of the kaleidoscope. The writing is wise, and the performances are strong. Highly recommended.

    Katherine Caine

    I saw Ruination this afternoon found it gripping from the start. I was not at any point confused. The story line was clear and our understanding of the impact of the event deepened with each characters experience and telling. The actors were excellent, finely tuned with their characters. The writer truly captured the small town prejudice of those times. I’m so glad I went and highly recommend it.

    Christian Narbonne

    An amazing feat to bring all the characters perception of the same event and give the spectator an amazing opportunity to see the real life events from the people who lived it. The three actors were incredible in their rendition and provided a strong performance that was riveting. Great work.

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