Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has wowed critics in Broadway play Eclipsed – written by none other than Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira, who plays Michonne.
It’s not for the faint-hearted, depicting the roles women played in the second Liberian civil war, during which warlords conscripted child soldiers and performed human sacrifices.
Ms Nyongo made her stage debut, but this obviously didn’t hold her back as she played a 15-year-old girl among several women held captive as a warlord’s “wives”.
The New York Times was fulsome in its praise, describing her as “one of the most radiant young actors to be seen on Broadway in recent seasons”.
Deadline said she “lights up” the stage, while Variety added that her performance was “intelligent”.
ABC News said she “soared” in her role and Entertainment Weekly described the actress and her fellow cast members as “captivating to watch”.
Before the show, its star tweeted a few tips for people going to see the play:
Happy opening day to us! A few things to know before you see @eclipsedbway! https://t.co/szTipKirkU pic.twitter.com/uOk9VqGLK3
— Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) March 6, 2016
And it looks like playwright Gurira was pretty excited too – here’s her picture of her with the cast:
.@eclipsedbway opens TONIGHT on #Broadway! So incredibly proud of this amazing cast pic.twitter.com/DIJZBSjmYD
— Danai Gurira (@DanaiGurira) March 6, 2016