REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Sojourners” Opened with a ShowScore of 75

Show-Score | May 17, 2017
“Sojourners,” written by Mfoniso Udofia and directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, opened on May 16, 2017 in New York City. “Sojourners,” written by Mfoniso Udofia and directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, opened on May 16, 2017 in New York City.


19 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 66.

Jesse Green 
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 90 
"The two plays, which opened in a pair of stunningly acted productions, offer a moving and powerful corrective to the notion that what immigrants leave behind is always awful, and that what they find is always worth the trip...Ogbuagu is excruciatingly good...'Her Portmanteau' is a far more conventional work than 'Sojourners'...If 'Sojourners,' which feels more modern, never quite reaches that lovely peak of melodrama, it is both funnier and more excitingly staged."
Helen Shaw
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 40
“The best thing about the pair of clumsy family dramas is the extraordinarily graceful performer they both revolve around...Ogbuagu manages, again and again, to make these two muddled plays occasionally cohere…There is promise here. The playwright has a delicate ear for dialogue…But such poignant moments battle with unwieldy monologues and theatrical clichés...Director Ed Iskandar undercuts what's best about Udofia's writing and reveals its structural flaws."
Jonathan Mandell
New York Theater
ShowScore: 65
“If these two plays are uneven, they offer the promise of an eventually enlightening and binge-worthy family saga that updates the story of Immigrant America...‘Sojourners’ is strongest when it offers a glimpse, sometimes humorously, into the immigrant characters’ two cultures…If ‘Sojourners’ has the same overlong and unwieldy construction, there is noticeable improvement. It’s not any shorter, but its staging is smoother."
“Sojourners” was also reviewed by Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies and Jeremy Gerard of Deadline.


The show was also reviewed by 64 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 76.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Ambitious, Resonant

Panda, ShowScore: 70
See it if…"You don't know much about, but are interested in immigrant experiences. This is a good primer. (It's also Part 1 of 9 plays.)" 
Don't see it if…"You aren't interested in immigrant experiences. You can't sit still for 2.5 hours including one intermission."
Paula B2, ShowScore: 68
See it if…"You like 'important' theater. The cast is strong but the story is very confusing. It's one of 9 parts but should stand on its own and it doesn't." 
Don't see it if…"You don't like indulgent, self-important, capital-T Theater. You don't like loose ends. You don't like 'event' theater." 
Erik O, ShowScore: 80
See it if…"You want to gain new cultural perspectives. This story of Nigerian immigration to the U.S. in the '70s is fresh, the performers are vibrant." 
Don't see it if…"You are looking for quick-moving entertainment. The audience sits with the characters through growing pains, and it requires some patience."

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