The first thing you’ll probably notice upon reading the title of the new play by Burbank’s Colony Theatre Company, "I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady From Rwanda," is its ungainly length. The second thing is that it has the word Rwanda in it.
The playwright is very aware that both of these facts could be intimidating. But don’t let either dissuade you from seeing this beautiful, funny and profoundly moving tale of healing and renewal.
Playwright Sonja Linden does intend to wake people up to the plight of victims of the Rwandan genocide, but does so with a gentle hand. It is a difficult subject to tackle and the script could have been rife with gory statistics that serve only to increase our guilt about not doing anything about the genocide or not knowing enough about it in the first place.