'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 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 are Nigerian! or you like warm, realistic (not melodramatic) plays about bonding between peoples of radically different backgrounds
Don't see it if you find native-African accents hard to understand (the actors are, I would imagine, Nigerian-born) or you want plays where "stuff happens"!
See it if You want a fairly straightforward play exploring the lives of a Nigerian immigrant family in a very intimate, human way.
Don't see it if You're looking for grandstanding political statements, or high-energy, dynamic staging. If you're not planning to see Her Portmanteau.
See it if You've already seen "Her Portmanteau" & would like 2 understand how characters arrived there. You. It's also be tolerant of a confused start
Don't see it if You like your plays to resolve the characters' problems. This made sense only because I'd already seen "Her Portmanteau."
See it if You like plays that explore the immigrant experience, are interested in Nigerian culture, interpersonal stories, strong women
Don't see it if Don't like plays with a lot of talking or that include a fair amount of non English dialogue, want a light escapist show
See it if you'd enjoy an intimate story with strong character development. I felt attached to the characters and knew them quite well.
Don't see it if you mind missing some dialogue because it's not in English. You aren't interested in family dynamics or the immigrant experience.
See it if You like riveting and relevant plays with really masterful acting. This is a very moving piece of theatre which left me wanting to see more!
Don't see it if You have no interest the immigrant experience in the US. Its a long show so don't see if if you can't sit still. But Its worth every second!
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 you are interested in the topic of immigration and fundamentally how culture can put an impact on family value.
Don't see it if you find bilingual shows without translation confusing. And there are still a lot of work in this piece. It needs to trim down more.
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're interested in seeing a show about struggling Nigerian immigrants with a Houston backdrop and a prominent 70s soundtrack.
Don't see it if Accents are difficult for you. You expect a brisk dramedy - the show has pacing issues, but the second act is largely better than the first.
See it if You greatly appreciate plays based on underrepresented subjects, or you enjoy dramas that explore the causes and effects of people's actions
Don't see it if You don't have the patience to experience what is technically a 3 act piece
See it if you're curious about the people in "Her Portmanteau". All the actors are terrific and the story is heart-breaking and believable.
Don't see it if sorry, I can't think of a reason not to see it!
See it if the choices, intimate stories of immigrants compel you; you don't mind a slow-burn Act I; you enjoy vivid, authentic characters
Don't see it if you prefer a fast-paced play, mind hearing some lines not in English, want dramatic staging, aren't interested in seeing Her Portmanteau