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Sojourners

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Ambitious, 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 (90)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Ambitious, Slow
77
Avg Score

During previews
85
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like the intimate made grand-scale dramatic. You want the background on Her Portmanteau. You want to watch an immigrant experience.

Don't see it if you like the intimacy of Her Portmanteau.

During previews
77
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Slow, Refreshing

See it if you like memorable characters, good dialogue, and new works.

Don't see it if It was a bit long, so be prepared. First act was slow but second act was good.

During previews
51
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
69
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
72
Great acting, Intelligent, Slow

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"!

Also This is a part of a series of 2 related plays, and I have yet to see t... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Absorbing, Great acting, Tender, Simple, Sparse

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.

During previews
77
Great writing, Great acting, Confusing, Slow, Absorbing

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."

During previews
56
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
70
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking

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

During previews
95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

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.

Also I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Nigerian immigrant experience ... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested to see atypical stories and characters explored with expertise

Don't see it if You like run-of-the-mill storytelling

During previews
88
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

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!

During previews
68
Banal

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
80
Absorbing, Great staging, Slow, Confusing, Ambitious

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.

Also One of the characters was very confusing and didn't have a good explan... Read more Read less

During previews
77
Delightful, Absorbing, Great acting, Slow

See it if You'd like to explore other culture's family and struggle as immigrants in the US.

Don't see it if You prefer fast paced story telling.

During previews
63
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
69
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.

During previews
70
Slow, Good acting, Ambitious

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.

During previews
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are dedicated to seeing HER PORTMANTEAU (these pieces are written to and truly NEED to be seen in Rep), you're open to other cultures.

Don't see it if See it.

During previews
78
Great writing, Great acting, Profound, Riveting, Refreshing

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

During previews
100
Ambitious, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

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!

During previews
80
Clever, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

See it if A very smart script anchored by solid performances and intelligent design.

Don't see it if You dislike race dramas.

During previews
80
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You enjoy sharing in the stories of immigrants as they arrive in the United States.. Part 1 of a two play presentation.

Don't see it if Not interested in the themes of family human rights and women's rights

During previews
96
Absorbing, Resonant

See it if This is an absorbing, original play, part of a 9-play Ufot cycle.

Don't see it if I don't know why you wouldn't see it.

During previews
90
Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Resonant, Bittersweet

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

Also Beautifully-acted, intimate human story of the everyday and Solomonic ... Read more Read less


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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