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runboyrun & IN OLD AGE

From 48 member  reviews
Members say: 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.  More…

From the show:

Set in the family’s present-day Worcester home and 1968 Nigeria, "runboyrun" and "In Old Age" pose questions about how to move forward when the past inhabits your very foundation. In "runboyrun," Disciple and Abasiama Ufot have been living the same day over and over again for decades until the dam breaks and time rushes forward while also reeling backwards. They must uncover years of memories and cross great distances to find each other and unearth the roots of their marriage. "IN Old Age" follows Abasiama far into the future as she learns the true nature of love just as life takes a new turn.

Loretta Greco and Awoye Timpo direct these two plays presented together as one evening of theatre.


Member Reviews (48)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Confusing, Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious
68
Avg Score

67
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.

75
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

64
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!

Also In 2017 I saw 2 plays in Udofia’s ambitious “Ufot Cycle,” chronicling ... Read more Read less

75
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).

72
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

70
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.

Also This is a double-bill with two full-length, related plays. The total r... Read more Read less

69
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.

46
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.

65
Quirky, Indulgent, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy the Ufot family cycle thus far.

Don't see it if 3.5 hours of confusing theater is not what you like

72
Intense, Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you are interested in the immigrant experience & how the past continues to affect lives years after leaving a country in conflict

Don't see it if You prefer to avoid serious drama

60
Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if are a fan of some of the actors, to see actors put in 100%, you support off off Bway productions, to see effects of Nigerian civil war.

Don't see it if You can't sit for 3 hours or more, you expect an upbeat show, you don't have patience.

Also The actors really put their all into this production. I've seen some o... Read more Read less

75
Repetitive, Confusing, Ambitious, Great acting, Compelling

See it if Interesting plays (2) dealing with Nigerian immigrants and the trauma of civil war on their lives and relationships.

Don't see it if Often hard to understand accents, confusing flashbacks, the specter of a spirit world and angry characters may not be to your liking.

Also Two parts of a nine-part cycle. I very much liked the previous two par... Read more Read less

86
Great theater, Moving, Powerful

See it if you like to see well-written, well acted, expertly directed (and lit) hard-hitting but ultimately tender works, that reward your patience.

Don't see it if you're looking for a fast-paced, easy piece of theater. At 90 minutes each, it's not for everyone - but what a great theatrical experience.

50
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You know the playwright or the other stories in the series. It's a human story about struggling and acceptance.

Don't see it if Slow, dramatic stories aren't for you. You want to be entertained.

83
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you love language-based beautifully staged magic realism with a trauma story that shows the horrors of war for children in palatable ways

Don't see it if large cathartic moments aren't your thing - this is real drama at its best, gorgeous storytelling and older actors doing great work

51
Banal, Confusing, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You need something to do

Don't see it if Not memorable,I saw it a few weeks ago and can’t remember it. I only remember that I was disappointed

32
Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched

See it if You have high tolerance for cliches and unnecessarily drawn out drama

Don't see it if You crave originality and taut productions

84
Absorbing, Slow, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you appreciate wonderful ensemble pieces told from a distinct and specific point of view.

Don't see it if you are looking for something splashy, fast paced, or explosive. It's definitely a slower paced play.

During previews
70
Magical realism, Intense, Long, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you'd like to learn abt Nigerian civil war & its fall-out. Some lovely moments, but too long. Strg acting of hard material. Unusual story.

Don't see it if you want coherence or are impatient. Or don't like magic in real setting. Or the mistreatment of women/kids. W signif cuts, RBR w shine.

Also Because RBR was so long (1.75 hours) I couldn't stay for In Old Age.

During previews
65
Quirky, Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing, Thought-provoking

See it if you have seen the other plays in this series. These is a continuation of the life of characters from the previous plays.

Don't see it if you haven't seen or read about the earlier plays. I didn't understand the relationship in the first play until well into the performance.

During previews
86
Metaphorical, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Abusive Nigerian immigrant haunted by sister's death/civil war refuses divorce. After his death, wife vows not to repeat mistake. She does.

Don't see it if Saga parts 3 & 8 of promised; unfinished cycle cause a lot of filling in. Time/place-shifts 1968 Biafra/2012 Wooster aren't distinct.(3:40).

Also "From the broken came our world/My children,war will not take them/Thi... Read more Read less

During previews
83
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if Continuation of Udofia's Ufot Cycle about Nigerian family in U.S.; 2 plays - 1st about haunting effects of civil war in Nigeria; 2nd about*

Don't see it if very long at 3.5 hours, accents esp. in 2nd hard to understand; don't want the past & present represented on stage at same time (runboyrun)

Also *effects of abusive relationships... Read more Read less

During previews
72
Each play could use some cuts, Great performances, A bit too mystical for my taste, Confusing

See it if You’re a fan of the playwright and want to see the whole cycle. You’re up on the history of Africa in the 20th century.

Don't see it if You’re easily confused by leaps in time.

Also I loved the two previous plays in the Ufot cycle, which will eventuall... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Great acting, Must see, Intelligent, Masterful, Riveting

See it if Creatively brilliant! Three generations of storytelling of war and the impact of being a survivor. Powerful production not to be missed!

Don't see it if If you want to walkout feeling good then this isn’t your kind of play!

During previews
80
Epic, Great acting, Powerful, Poignant, Eviscerating

See it if An installment in the nine play cycle about the African diaspora created by Mfoniso Udofia. The two plays are significantly different from

Don't see it if each other but feature some of the same characters at different points in their lives. The plays feature magical realism, and complex

Also narratives and are flawlessly acted. ... Read more Read less


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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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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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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Cast & Creatives (4)