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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

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.

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

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

During previews
Good story badly executed.

See it if You want to see the next play in cycle her portmanteau

Don't see it if You want a well done story.

During previews
Banal, Filler

See it if You want to supplement the story of it's partner show Her Portmanteau.

Don't see it if You want more than just some more info on a play which stands complete on its own. This has nowhere near the power and interest.

During previews
Ambitious, Interesting characters, Long, Slow

See it if interested in the story of how some Nigerians came to the u.s. Back story of Her Portmanteau and you loved that play.

Don't see it if you do not like stories about absentee husbands, women who have to keep it all together, or people who make unfathomable choices

During previews
Great acting, Disappointing, Slow, Confusing

See it if You appreciate strong acting, even if the script has more misses than hits, you like dramas about immigration no matter the quality.

Don't see it if You want a clear narrative, characters whose choices don't feel arbitrary and unmotivated, or a fuller picture of the Nigerian experience.

Also There are seeds here, but the play needs to be workshopped further. Th... Read more Read less

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent

See it if You want to see a slow, confusing and hermetic play about the troubles of a family of immigrants from Nigeria.

Don't see it if You prefer your plays to be " easy " to follow and with a clear message. The writing is quite pretentious and confusing.

During previews
Ambitious, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you like immigrant themes w/ solid acting & don't mind slow paced show or you enjoy a lot of theatre seeing its companion show in same day

Don't see it if you don't like; a lot of bilingual dialogue w/ story that takes time to develop, unclear goal for theatre goer, or recluse husband character

During previews
Disappointing, Slow

See it if See it if you like work that is or seems to be in development.

Don't see it if The play needs a lot of tightening up. It was excruciatingly slow. Some of which came from the set changing on a poky turntable.

During previews

See it if You plan to see or saw its companion play, Her Portmanteau -- sequel to the events in Sojourners. Sequel enhances this play.

Don't see it if Want an interesting stand-alone play about the experiences of Nigerian sojourners in the US. The character contrast are too obvious.

During previews
Intelligent, Indulgent, Slow

See it if I walked out at intermission and loved every moment of HER PORTMANTEAU. This play should have been condensed to 90 min to great effect.

Don't see it if You have no patience for a gifted playwright and director both still finding their way to the short, economical path between pts (start/end)

Also I understand there's a lot of weight being carried by this play cycle ... Read more Read less

During previews
Stiff, Confusing, Relevant

See it if Much-needed but unfortunately misguided. The playwright has a lot to say but hasn't yet found the way to congeal them into a coherent story.

Don't see it if A much empty set that only goes to highlight how empty the play is. One character's "weirdness" isn't fully explored and remains confusing.

For a previous production
Confusing, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you really like seeing new plays, or are particularly interested in immigrant experiences in the 1970s.

Don't see it if you enjoy new plays that have less confusing plots, and have narratives propelled by less artificial character divisions

For a previous production
Great staging, Confusing

See it if you are curious about Africans settling in the Southwest and their relationships to American black communities and their home culture

Don't see it if American & African communities are not your interest

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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