`9 Parts' reveals Iraqi women's lives, loves

Drama examines the moving world of a shattered society

Theater review

October 10, 2006|By J. Wynn Rousuck | J. Wynn Rousuck,sun theater critic

In 9 Parts of Desire, Heather Raffo lifts the veil and shows the faces of women rarely seen on stage or in the news.

The women are eight Iraqis and one Iraqi-American, composite characters drawn from life. Raffo gives voice to these women -- whose own voices have often been silenced by fear or worse -- in her moving, one-person show, which ran off-Broadway for nine months and is now at Washington's Arena Stage.

If you go 9 Parts of Desire continues through Nov. 12 at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. S.W., Washington. $47-$66. 202-488-3300 or arenastage.org

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