runboyrun & IN OLD AGE
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runboyrun & IN OLD AGE

runboyrun & IN OLD AGE NYC Reviews and Tickets

(49 Reviews)
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Great acting, Confusing, Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious

About the Show

NYTW Usual Suspect Mfoniso Udofia returns with another pairing from her powerful nine-part saga, "The Ufot Cycle," which follows a Nigerian family who immigrated to the US. 

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968 Reviews | 226 Followers
Confusing, Overrated, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You need to see the previous shows to be connected with these two plays .if not it will confusing and unenjoyable.

Don't see it if 3.5 hrs was long and boring. If you haven't seen the previous shows.

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Udofia's continues her 9-part Nigerian cycle w/ Parts 3 & 8 Powerful acting esp Chevannes as the series' matriarch Both emotionally draining

Don't see it if Although both one-acts are spiritually connected by deep sense of loss & recurring pain; there is a feeling of disengagement & confusion

668 Reviews | 155 Followers
Intermittently touching, One brilliant performance, Murky, Diffuse, Long

See it if you’re a fan of playwright Mfoniso Udofia’s “Ufot Cycle” of plays.

Don't see it if the prospect of seeing 2 dense full-length plays in a single sitting seems daunting to you: It is! Read more

616 Reviews | 273 Followers
Mfoniso udofia is writing an ambitious 9-play cycle about the nigerian-american experience; here 2 plays are presented, 1st about trauma of memory, 2nd about erasing painful memory; not her best

See it if 1st play: uses acute theme of exploded universe in need of healing; 2nd play: affecting perf by PJ Channes as wife extirpating husb's ghost

Don't see it if 1-idea plays; 1st play CLUMSY in juxtaposing events of traumatic 1968 Biafran war & crippling 2012 memories; 2nd play jokey & WAY TOO LONG

480 Reviews | 714 Followers
Long, Confusing, Intelligent, Great acting, Challenging

See it if you'd be interested in a serious drama featuring characters who are haunted by their pasts. The performances are excellent.

Don't see it if you prefer a straightforward narrative or have trouble sitting through a long show. Read more

533 Reviews | 488 Followers
Uneven, Compelling, Intense, Relevant, Slow

See it if you want to see a fascinating exploration of what it means to be a woman through a very specific lens (that has universal resonance).

Don't see it if you can't handle a slow burn--each play (especially the first) takes a while to ramp up, but the payoff is high (especially in the second).

510 Reviews | 129 Followers
Ponderous, Moving, Great acting, Slow, Confusing

See it if you like ambitious playwriting & hard working actors, Chevannes is especially effecting; stories of childhood trauma on adulthood.

Don't see it if good acting is not enough to hold your interest; you didn't see 1st 2 plays; much too long & draggy especially In Old Age; uninspired set.

399 Reviews | 202 Followers
Boring, Slow, Cliched, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if If you're a fan of Udofia's first 2 plays in this 9-play cycle, you might forgive the flaws in these two.

Don't see it if The first 2 in this cycle were linear, with a real story to tell, these were blah. With nothing to say. Just an old man losing his mind.

Critic Reviews (12)

The New York Times
September 23rd, 2019

"For These African Immigrants, Life Is a Haunted House: In ‘runboyrun’ and ‘In Old Age,’ the latest installments of Mfoniso Udofia’s nine-play cycle, America is no place to hide from the past."
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Time Out New York
September 23rd, 2019

3.5 Stars "Both plays dive deeply into the internal torments of their characters, whose painful journeys toward redemption are compelling if sometimes ponderous."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
September 23rd, 2019

"Unmagical Realism in 'Runboyrun,' 'In Old Age,' and 'Sunday.'"
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September 23rd, 2019

"A Nigerian-American Family Tells Its Story in 'Runboyrun and In Old Age': New York Theatre Workshop mounts two new installments of Mfoniso Udofia's 'Ufot Cycle.'"
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Lighting & Sound America
October 2nd, 2019

"The current cause for alarm: The quality of the writing is showing worrying signs of deterioration, even as the parts on display fail to suggest a coherent overall picture."
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Talkin' Broadway
September 23rd, 2019

"'Plays shouldn't be hard to sit through, they should inspire us or thrill us or challenge us to think, but they shouldn't tax our physical endurance. The acting and production values of both runboyrun and In Old Age are excellent; there's just too much of both of them."
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New York Stage Review
September 23rd, 2019

3/5 Stars "'Ghosts Haunt a Nigerian-American Family Saga': New York Theatre Workshop stages two installments of Mfoniso Udofia's nine-play cycle"
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October 9th, 2019

"Unfortunately, 'runboyrun' and 'In Old Age,' the two now on display at New York Theatre Workshop, do not stand alone apart from the earlier plays and would be better served by being paired with other parts of the cycle. Possibly they need to be seen in repertory with their companion plays."
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