'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 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 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 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
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.
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
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