'Sojourners' and 'Her Portmanteau' comprise a two-part theatrical event running in rep at New York Theatre Workshop. They're part of 'The Ufot Cycle,' a nine-play saga chronicling the matriarch of a Nigerian family. More…
Decades after 'Sojourners,' the full impact of Abasiama’s decisions erupt when her family is reunited in 'Her Portmanteau.' As Nigerian traditions clash with the realities of American life, Abasiama and her daughters must confront complex familial legacies that span time, geography, language, and culture.
See it if A bit slow and long, but performances are stellar for this emotional drama. A character piece done well.
Don't see it if You need an intermission. I could have used one.
See it if Nigerian family comes to terms with choices the mother made when she was a college student in Texas. Sacrifices and regrets, but also hope
Don't see it if You are looking for lighter fare. It takes a while to understand what is going on, but it all comes together.
See it if Companion piece to Sojourners dealing w/ lead character 30 yrs later Top notch acting sustains piece despite slow pace & confusing plotlines
Don't see it if Very confusing w/o knowledge of previous incidents of 1st play However, the 'sins of the parents' & African diaspora themes are timeless
See it if partners 85 my 75 great performances by all 4 . thought provoking dialogue but....
Don't see it if perhaps a glossary of the Nigerian terms would be useful however anxious to see the 2nd part of the cycle
See it if shows how painfully and w humor yearning 4 family connection overcomes decisions splitting apart Nigerian-Amer family, outstanding ensemble
Don't see it if dead moments where you say "enough already," you NEED to see "Sojourners" before, since this makes "Portmanteau" resonant & heartbreaking
See it if you enjoy powerful relationship problems within a family. See even if you didn't like Sojourners. This was better done.
Don't see it if you like humor. This play is all serious. Members of family with different cultural background meet.
See it if You are interested in the aftermath decades later of a Nigerian immigrant's life in America a few decades later. How did her life turn out?
Don't see it if You are not interested in how America affects the lives of immigrants v. the family ones still left in the home country.
See it if you've seen Sojourners - I recommend seeing this one second and seeing them close together. Chinasa Ogbuagu is extraordinary in both plays
Don't see it if you're not interested in very well done true family stories about immigration. The turntable set was clunky and a little noisy.
See it if A very tense 3-hander with some very good performances. An original idea.
Don't see it if Not as good as its prequel, Sojourners. I found it hard to believe that this was the same character. Too much dialogue in Nigerian.
See it if you enjoy good actors working with good material about immigration, assimilation and stereotypes.
Don't see it if you have a hard time interpreting the use of a foreign language within a story
See it if touching story about 3 female members of a Nigerian family; family dynamics (mother-daughter); wonderful performance by Ms. Oduye
Don't see it if don't want plays that are part of a cycle of plays (althou this can stand alone many details are from Sojourner); emotional family dynamics
See it if How to move ahead when weighed down by so much baggage? How to mend holes in our hearts when we make the difficult decisions. A mother and..
Don't see it if daughter(s) relationship that compels us to hope, in a Nigerian family in the 70's & today. Slow, inarticulate start, strong build.
See it if You like fine acting and writing, in service of a compelling immigrant narrative.
Don't see it if You cannot see the universality inherent in the journey of African immigrant characters and their descendants.
See it if understanding the outcome of Sojourners matters. A real improvement with tighter writing than part 1. Loved the casting flip.Mom = daughter.
Don't see it if you don't care about the outcome of part 1.
See it if You like dramas about mothers, daughters, youthful decisions, long-term consequences, culture shock and good writing.
Don't see it if You are bothered by characters occasionally breaking into a foreign language you don't understand.
See it if you can get past not understanding a good third of the dialogue which is in an African language without subtitles Interesting concept,acting
Don't see it if you think theater is about words as well as emotion and. therefore, see the need to understand what is being said,
See it if You want to hear the Nigerian immigrant story as a mother tries to bring reconciliation between herself and two daughters one left in Lagos.
Don't see it if You aren't interested in above, have trouble with Nigerian accents, speechifying, Igbo dialogue with no translation, slow pace.Still worthy.
See it if you've seen Sojourners and want to follow the characters into their future; you like good drama.
Don't see it if you're not interested in the (Nigerian) immigrant experience; you're not up for a serious drama.
See it if you want to be bored and unmoved. The story is predictable and like a soap opera. The play needs to be cut by about 30 minutes.
Don't see it if Just don't see it. But if you do, see Sojourner first. They say it does not matter, but it does.
See it if you are interested in a Nigerian family's journey over the years. (More satisfying than "Sojourners" if you can go to only one.)
Don't see it if you don't like family sagas.
See it if You are interested in immigrant cultures and the immigrant experience
Don't see it if Conversational dramas that focus on relationships and especially people coming to terms with hurts of the past bore you