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Miracle in Rwanda

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Profound

About the show

"Miracle in Rwanda" chronicles the dramatic events of Immaculée Ilibagiza during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. More…

In April 1994 in Rwanda, an extremist militia of Hutu tribesmen began a brutal, widespread effort to exterminate all members of the Tutsi minority tribe. A Catholic young woman named Immaculee went into hiding, armed only with the rosary her father gave her.

While marauders searched for her, she made a decision to pray using the beads her father gave her, transforming her heart and mind, so that in the midst of this holocaust, she found the core divinity within her, the place that no killer can eradicate.

The message is one of personal empowerment, of overcoming all obstacles through the power of faith, and ultimately finding peace of mind amidst unbelievable hardship. Often called “our generation’s Anne Frank”—yet one who thankfully survived—the true miracle of Immaculée’s story is her ability to forgive.

1h 10m | Already closed | Theatre Row / Theatre One (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (51)


Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Profound
Avg Score

Choppy, Too much religion, Slow, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you can put up w a religiously-infused script to see a stellar solo performance. True story is compelling, but much time is spent on prayer.

Don't see it if you want a fast-paced show. Death log scene is slow. Many blackouts/pauses. But perf is excellent w quicksilver chgs of chars. Impt history!

Christian, Inspiring, Insightful, Spiritual, Relevant

See it if Girl's religious faith & love guides her through survival ordeal and enables her to forgive afterwards. Well acted. Uplifting.

Don't see it if You want more historical details and breadth. You want more drama. A test of patience & fortitude, w/many blackouts used to mark time.

Slow, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if u want to see a heartening story of a girl finding strength thru spirituality in the face of one of the ugliest events in modern history.

Don't see it if you're looking for a fast-moving story; you aren't interested in a solo performance with little-to-no set or props.

Also Despite a wonderful, convincing performance by Malaika Uwamahoro as th... Read more Read less

Slow, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you enjoy demanding, one-person performances that include portraying multiple characters on a serious subject that mostly eluded attention.

Don't see it if if you do not like listening to an almost narration that becomes a little preachy. The importance of the subject is diminished in some ways.

Uneven, Scattered, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if curious about Rwandan genocide from a survivor's perspective, how it could be done as a one-person show, occasionally suspenseful, harrowing

Don't see it if Descriptions of mass murder and bodies piled up turn you off, can't imagine people's inhumanity to each other, don't like one-person shows

Also Despite the subject matter, there is an element of hope, thanks to the... Read more Read less

Profound, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intense, Great acting

See it if Faith-based inspirational survivor's tale of journey of the persecuted finding forgiveness amidst the brutality. Multiple role solo.

Don't see it if For those not spared, did they not believe enough? Scene blackouts provide shortcut for sorely needed fill-in exposition.

Also Title is clear on expectation.

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Intense

See it if true story of what she went thru to live, and the power of faith.

Don't see it if You are looking for happy story; have a problem with religion/faith.

Also This is a powerful story during the show blackout happens for time (i ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Relevant, Intense, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You’re interested in seeing a one woman show about the Tutsi genocide in the 1990s. Very moving and passionate performance.

Don't see it if You want a laugh fest! This is a serious one woman performance about a grotesque period in history.

Vicarious experience, Spiritual backdrop, Moving story, Informative, Intense

See it if Performance of 1st person account of Rwandan genocide survival by hiding for months in a 3’x4’ room, religion is a key factor for moving on.

Don't see it if You don’t care for one-person shows. You don’t want to hear repetition of common Catholic prayers.

Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if If you are interested in the genocide in Rwanda, you like stories of survival or are interested in a particular story related to these event

Don't see it if If you do like one-woman shows were the actor plays many characters or a personal approach to history.

Profound, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in the Tutsi genocide from 1994. Felt very similar to Anne Frank.

Don't see it if you don't like one woman playing a myriad of roles.

Great acting

See it if How does one truly survive great trauma? With faith and forgiveness. Mini history lesson on Rwanda genocide.

Don't see it if Genocide, faith/Christianity, or one person shows are not your thing.

Also Ticket from Show Score for $5.

Relevant, Must see, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if emotionally gripping, resonant, realistic biographical drama artfully crafted and performed for 70 min. enthralls, regardless of your faith.

Don't see it if you cannot sit through 70 intense mins in small theatre, no set, one woman performance of Rowanda Tutsi 1994 Diary of Anne Frank story.

Also Few shows, from Broadway to off off or out of town, awed me to tears a... Read more Read less

Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Strong story with riveting Malaika Uwamahoro which should receive awards!

Don't see it if Genocide is a difficult topic to view.

Relevant, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in the Rwandan genocide

Don't see it if You will not appreciate a lot of intense religious stuff

Must see, Resonant, Intense, Riveting, Profound

See it if to be immersed in a wrenching narrative conveying—with humility—horrific, historical events that are important to know of and reckon with.

Don't see it if hugely averse to recurrent theme of faith/religion or utterances of prayer; or to solo, brilliant performer (understudy!) in multiple roles.

Disappointing, Relevant, Intense, Great acting

See it if You like 1 woman shows , great acting and serious subjects with a Christian thread of redemption

Don't see it if You want a light night out and want a sleek elaborate production. This is spare in content and form

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Profound, Powerful

See it if you like first person accounts of historical events, even if they are disturbing

Don't see it if you don't like one-woman shows with multiple characters or frequent references to Christian religion and faith

Riveting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you’d like to see a story of one’s survival and forgiveness through faith.

Don't see it if you don’t like one woman show or don’t want to hear of the genocide in Rwanda.

Also Great and moving performance by Malaika portraying multiple characters... Read more Read less

Hagiography of genocide survivor, Well acted but poorly directed, Slow

See it if you want uplift & redemption mined out of one of the horrors of the recent past; you want to pay homage to Imaculée's gift for forgiveness

Don't see it if amateurish writing & directing: this is Christian hagiography, not theatre; you don't like solo shows

Also Malaika Uwamahoro is a skilled and appealing actress, but the producti... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious

See it if Want to see hard-working one woman show about the massacre in Rwanda

Don't see it if You won’t like a one woman shows with minimal to no staging

Intense, Confusing, Great acting, Spiritual

See it if you like one woman shows about the use of faith to endure unimaginably horrifying experiences and with forgiveness.

Don't see it if you mind one actor playing multiple roles with quick shifts in conversation and very minimal staging.

Also This is obviously a very powerful story and Miss Uwamahoro is a charis... Read more Read less

Resonant, Profound, Intense, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if want to see a play based on a personal true story during genocide in Rwanda,how faith helped her to heal,even forgive the person who caused

Don't see it if Violence, genocide, murder are the topics you want to avoid, barebone theater, solo shows are not your thing

Resonant, Thought-provoking, Inspiring, Great story telling, Great acting

See it if You enjoy one person shows where the actor plays all the characters, appreciate great story telling in an inspiring, thought provoking play.

Don't see it if You aren’t religious or spiritual and don’t resonate with that or you prefer fluffy plays or musicals.

Resonant, Profound, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Riveting depiction of the Horrors in Rwanda by one woman in a 70 minute play. Very intense and a story that needs to be told.

Don't see it if You prefer more upbeat and not to serious plays or subject matters.

April 11th, 2019
"The one-woman show 'Miracle in Rwanda' relates the true-life experiences of Immaculée Ilibagiza. As a young woman, she survived the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda by hiding for more than three months in a 3x4 foot bathroom along with five-and, eventually, seven-other human beings: all...
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April 18th, 2019
"'Not particularly dramatic. Even a potentially heart-rending scene when Imaculée reads a log of the dead is deadened by its soporific pacing…The historical revelation of monstrous inhumanity does not automatically guarantee strong drama…The play is very well acted by Uwamahoro…A tortoise-like pa...
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April 10th, 2019
“’Miracle in Rwanda’ is not a story about the atrocities, fear, the horrors of bloodlust and revenge. It is a story about unquantifiable, unfathomable forgiveness...Uwamahoro, tells the story through movement, strong characterizations, and an open heart. She is wonderfully priceless...The directi...
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April 10th, 2019
“This one person play brings light to the dark...Uwamahoro’s portrayal is sensitive, heartfelt and inspiring...Her performance shows us the journey to redemption from this awful chapter of human history...Transitions are smooth and have a flow...This is a show for anyone who has ever lost their f...
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