My friend Cheryl Davis and I saw the best play we've seen in ages yesterday at Manhattan Theatre Club. For me, it was the best since Albee's "Peter and Jerry." It is "Ruined," Lynn Nottage's take on Brecht's "Mother Courage and her Children" set in the recent past in Congo. Absolutely fantastic. The play, direction, acting, design- all worked beautifully together. And unlike most plays, it has live music, too. All the actors are good, but Saidah Arrika Ekulona as Mama Nadi is exceptional.