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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Slow

About the show

'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…

In 'Sojourners,' a young, pregnant Abasiama struggles with the responsibilities of her arranged marriage as her husband becomes seduced by 1970s American culture. Intent on finishing her university studies so that she can return to Nigeria, Abasiama weighs her dreams and obligations as she attempts to move forward.

Member Reviews (91)


Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Slow
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Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent, Relevant, Heartbreaking

See it if Nigerian students at college in Texas cope with freedom, responsibility, and abandonment. Realistic characters and life choices.

Don't see it if You are looking for a light uplifting story with a happy ending. This play and its companion highlight the characters' sacrifices.

Also The two plays were excellent together. You could see them in either or... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if We have seen parts 1 & 2 Both are very good but part 2 gets a 2nd nod. 6 very versatile actors.

Don't see it if I question the age factor for the Mom in 1 and then the Mom 36 years later in 2. . NOTE some glossary re: Nigerian language might work.

Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if like good set story about adapting to new homeland and culture.

Don't see it if want characters that are more developed and a storyline that is better told.

Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Absorbing, Profound

See it if You are interested in how newly arrived immigrants assimilate into our culture. Includes intro to food, education, relationships.

Don't see it if You have no interest in the Nigerian culture or immigrants who move into totally new environments and the challenges that they face.

Also This is a true account written by Mfoniso Udofia. She struggled to jug... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like plays that make you think. This doesn't spoon feed you.You have to see behind the words into the people.Kept me totally involved.

Don't see it if you like smoothly staged plays.The turntable is noisy and distracting.A split set would have served the piece better.But see it anyhow.GOOD!

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like family stories about immigrants and struggling to find one's place. The performances were very fine.

Don't see it if you need lots of action, you're impatient with a character driven slow building story or you have no interest in Nigerian immigrants.

Great acting, Great writing, Ambitious, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy pieces that are politically charged dealing with immigration, assimilation and religion

Don't see it if if you don't like to be challenged by thought provoking drama

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if interesting story about a Nigerian family in Texas; new perspective on immigrant experiences; frequently humorous; Ms. Ogbuagu's performance

Don't see it if some characters developed in long-winded monologues and they become annoying caricatures; Act 2 much better and moves at a better pace

Also Saw this on the same day as Portmanteau, the second play in the cycle.... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Nigerian immigrant experience, Inexplicable ending, Fine acting

See it if A window into immigrant values in '70's, but some of the plot points are not explained. The actors are wonderful as is the staging. Partner

Don't see it if with Her Portmanteau for an evocative theater experience.

A marvelous slice of life, Excellent performances, A unique point of view from someone who's between two lands, Very relevant today

See it if A slow and deliberate pace won't bother you.

Don't see it if Nuances are not enough for you.

Also I highly recommend seeing both of these plays, which are in repertory.... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want to see a finely written and staged immigrant narrative that is both intimate and universal.

Don't see it if You have as little empathy as the orange blob in the White House.

Intelligent, Relevant, Slow

See it if you appreciate new voices with content that illuminates worlds you don't know, good actors and a script that tackles tough stuff.

Don't see it if You don't want to work a little to understand the Nigerian accents, have little patience for some annoying stereotypes.

Also The original production at Playwrights Realm was simpler and better di... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Refreshing, Wonderful acting

See it if A beautiful drama, a seldom told modern day immigrant story that is truthful and moving. Speaks with a truth we can all relate to.

Don't see it if If you prefer your dramas big and loud. No interest in immigrants or their problems.

Also I was thoroughly captivated by this story of Nigerian immigrants in th... Read more Read less

Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Cliched, Overrated

See it if you are strongly interested in immigration stories and have a lot of patience.

Don't see it if you tire quickly with extended exposition and are looking for a fully resolved drama.

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Refreshing, Moving

See it if you love great theatre; you're interested in the Nigerian immigrant experience.

Don't see it if you're in the mood for a "Hello Dolly" type of experience.

Ambitious, Slow, Relevant, Sincere

See it if you don't know much about, but are interested in immigrant experiences. It's a decent (if overlong) primer. FYI, it's Part 1 of 9 plays.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in immigrant experiences. You want a tight script or can't sit still 2.5 hrs (it needs cuts, you feel the length).

Also I wanted to love this play. It's important for realistic immigrant sto... Read more Read less

Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in the Nigerian experience and a family's journey over many years.

Don't see it if you aren't going to see "Her Portmanteau" -- another part of the Nigerian cycle of plays.

Confusing, Intelligent, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You appreciate new and emerging playwrights, women playwrights, untold stories.

Don't see it if You need things simple and familiar.

Involving, different, intelligent

See it if An absorbing, affecting look at the immigrant experience.

Don't see it if you might want more incident or a greater payoff.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if If you are interested in the immigrant experience and different cultures, interested in 1970s US culture, like creative set design

Don't see it if If you have no interest in the immigrant experience or African culture

Also Very well acted especially when one realizes that the main character p... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy great storytelling. I want to know everything about this family. Can't wait for the other stories.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of off broadway plays.

Absorbing, Great acting, Epic, Slow, Intense

See it if Theatre that is well acted, absorbing and important.

Don't see it if If you want a big comedy or musical.

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Confusing, Ambitious, Indulgent

See it if you like "important" theater. Cast is strong but 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.

Also Long running time can't support the arc, and the length of the show dr... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You want a visceral performance and story of someone finding their place in a new world.

Don't see it if You mind cliffhangers

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like dramatic, yet uplifting and humorous stories about families and family dynamics.

Don't see it if You like big, Broadway productions and hate family dramas.

May 16th, 2017
"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 conve...
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May 16th, 2017
“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...
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May 16th, 2017
“A playwright with a lot on her mind and a seriously compelling storytelling gift…Udofia isn’t yet fully in command of the dramatic tools available to her, and there’s little poetry in her characters. But they’re fully fleshed out people it’s easy to connect with in Ed Sylvanus Iskandar’s precise...
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May 16th, 2017
“Udofia offers no easy answers, but her firm grasp of family dynamics will give audiences much to consider…Ogbuagu delivers a performance to remember: Her portrayal of Abasiama is as noble as ever as she struggles to carry the weight of the world on her own…Iskandar has led this six-person cast t...
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