'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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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.