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, "unboyrun" 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
See it if you are interested in the psychological damage done byt early guilt and trauma. The issues are important but the treatment falls short
Don't see it if you are looking for compelling theater. The actors were at times both inaudible and incomprehensible-- a problem in communicating substance
See it if Fan of both cycle and playwright, determined to be Africa's August Wilson. African history buff.
Don't see it if No interest in third world. No interest in a 3.5+ hour double bill.
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!
See it if <3 RunBoyRun. Felt Mom's fear, anger & love, the sister's love, the boy & Disciple's pain. It's beautiful. In Old Age tells a powerful story
Don't see it if you don't have patience. Both shows are slow to start, especially if you don't have the context of her other plays about the same family.
See it if you want to see two plays for the price of one, both of which have a few strong moments.
Don't see it if you want a fully entertaining evening. At over three hours, these two slow-moving plays don't fully engage.
See it if experimental is your jam. Mfoniso Udofia's one-acts take exciting risks with content and structure. Also, Patrice Johnson Chevannes: WOW!
Don't see it if you're not in for a long haul. Each play can stand on its own and it's a lot to take in for one night. Stick around tho: Act 2 is stronger.
Also Memorable line: "Okay, okay, okay."
See it if You follow this playwright and want to see the whole cycle. The pace is painfully slow, so you must be patient. Seen in previews.
Don't see it if You have trouble (as I do) with Nigerian accents.It took me too long to figure out what was going on. Once I did, I didn't care.
See it if u want to see the whole Ufot family saga. U're interested in how trauma can haunt ppl across oceans & decades, even into a new life in RBR.
Don't see it if you expect consistently good writing. RBR is a strong story that needs a stronger end to shine. IOA is dull & forced, like a too-long draft.
See it if Two well-told stories that are still works in progress (saw second preview where it was announced that lines were still being changed, etc.)
Don't see it if Plays currently run in the 3.5 hour range. New theater seats help. Some parts especially in Runboyrun could have been shortened.
See it if you are interested in African history and the confluence of the political and the personal in contemporary life.
Don't see it if you want a cogent exploration of how war impacts one’s entire existence. Runboyrun is so diffuse it becomes unbearable.
See it if you like seeing interconnected plays; you really want bang for you buck (2 full plays for the cost of one); great acting
Don't see it if you don't enjoy a long evening of theater; you're not interested in themes of war and trauma
See it if Two very important plays by Mfoniso Udofia that enlighten our hearts and guide our souls. Masterful ways to share touching life stories
Don't see it if not musicals, not fluff; they are powerfully moving life stories. They help you think and feel and learn and transform. Maybe that’s not 4 U
See it if I saw Sejourners part of the cycle too it was so so, some great moments but hard to find them, messages of abuse run through both plays
Don't see it if If you like concise plays it was too long great acting some intense moments but overall I was restless. Good writing but not epic enough.
See it if you have seen or are very familiar with the other plays in the cycle, you are patient and sympathetic to ptsd after the Biafran conflict.
Don't see it if you cannot sit for 3 hours for whatever reason, you have not read through the other plays in the cycle, you dislike magical realism
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