The Homecoming Queen
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The Homecoming Queen

The Homecoming Queen NYC Reviews and Tickets

(43 Ratings)
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Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great staging

About the Show

In Ngozi Anyanwu's Off-Broadway debut at the Atlantic, a bestselling novelist returns to Nigeria to care for her ailing father, but before she can bury him, she must relearn the traditions she’s long forgotten.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (43)

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65 Reviews | 20 Followers
Emotionally gripping, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Family dramas with real psychological depth appeal to you; you are intrigued by the dynamics of the immigrant perspective

Don't see it if Spending time with other cultures does not resonate for you; you need a theater piece to answer all questions you might have quickly Read more

270 Reviews | 63 Followers
Relevant, Great acting, Clever, Epic

See it if You like intense drama & are comfortable exploring regret, fear, vengeance, longing and considering how trauma has shaped your choices

Don't see it if An African centered plot would be a turnoff, if you are looking for something light or if you have recently survived a traumatic experience Read more

87 Reviews | 10 Followers
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Interested in modern African life and culture

Don't see it if Want light fare. This is about a woman suffering from post traumatic stress disorder years after she beaten and raped as a young woman. Read more

330 Reviews | 53 Followers
Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you want to ponder immigrant experience in the particular and nature of belonging. If you want to puzzle through shifting time sequences.

Don't see it if you want mindless and relaxing entertainment. Need to stay on your toes to follow characters and their relationship. So worthwhile though!

287 Reviews | 32 Followers
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Great writing, Delightful

See it if you want a fascinating study of another culture that is relevant to our own.

Don't see it if you're not interested in dramas about Africa, women-dominated casts or have difficulty with actors speaking with accents.

414 Reviews | 70 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if a story about going home (Nigeria) and facing painful memories; Nigerian culture with its language, dress, customs..

Don't see it if you don't like moving family dramas, want something uplifting, want chorus in one location Read more

72 Reviews | 8 Followers
Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if great play about a woman returning to her home village in Arfrica

Don't see it if the play requires that you pay attention and wait for the end to figure it out

262 Reviews | 57 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you love a good "going home" story told from a different perspective

Don't see it if African drama or stories about trauma are not for you.

Critic Reviews (15)

The New York Times
January 22nd, 2018

"Wrings all the pleasure possible out of its familiar tropes even as it revamps their meaning...If the plot is compelling…it is also sometimes murky…In contrast, too many of the conventionally narrative scenes repeat the same arc…They deliver no new emotional information even if they do deliver delight...Timpo’s work with the principals is exemplary...I appreciated, too, that the characters’ emotions are not rushed into place as if on a conveyor belt, which often happens in shortish plays."
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Time Out New York
January 23rd, 2018

"Most of the actors seem to be dancing to a tune they hear together, but Udofia is half a step out of pace with them...Still, Timpo's beautifully constructed production flatters Anyanwu's work. Where the play is strong...the production is excellent; when the writing gets weaker and more predictable, the staging distracts us with sound and celebration...Misgivings about 'The Homecoming Queen' dissolve in the company’s ability to create a palpable community."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
January 22nd, 2018

"Neither Anyanwu nor Udofia cares about making Kalechi nice, and that’s both refreshing and admirable...'The Homecoming Queen' has the feeling of a play that, like its heroine, is still finding its way...Yet even in its unevenness, 'The Homecoming Queen' does not feel slack...The moments of pathos and brilliance just take a while to start coming...Under the direction of Awoye Timpo, the play’s tonal register can sometimes feel blurry."
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January 25th, 2018

"Insightful writing, deft staging, an irresistibly appealing cast...The focus on Kelechi – and Udofia’s riveting, subtle transformation from aloof interloper to reclaimed villager open to forgiveness and revelation – are exhilarating to watch...'The Homecoming Queen' is rich and deep, a show to treasure. It should be moved to a bigger space and given a chance to breathe."
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January 22nd, 2018

"Better than any play I've seen, 'The Homecoming Queen' captures the everyday theater we perform to convince ourselves and those around us of who we really are...The actors embody these overlapping identities in thoughtful and nuanced performances...Director Awoye Timpo stages the production with a keen eye for detail. While the play becomes a bit shaggy and unfocused in the second half, 'The Homecoming Queen' ends on a high note."
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Lighting & Sound America
January 23rd, 2018

"Anyanwu has quite a potentially wrenching story to tell...I only wish she had better control of her material...If 'The Homecoming Queen' is ever going to become the gripping drama that its story suggests, it will need stronger confrontations and a summing-up of the consequences of trying to bury the past and the damage that has festered over the years. As it is, Anyanwu does something I though impossible: She is making violent assault and revenge seem really quite anodyne."
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Talkin' Broadway
January 22nd, 2018

"A powerful exploration of a familiar story...Cleanly and inventively directed by Awoye Timpo on a long runway that splits the audience into two opposing sides...Despite its top-notch cast and vivid production, 'The Homecoming Queen' needs the kind of polish another draft would provide...It's a heartfelt piece that's worth seeing, particularly for its strong cast that gives themselves over to Anyanwu's story with total commitment."
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January 27th, 2018

"Despite all the familiar elements that unfold...the Nigerian setting isn't the only thing fresh and original about this play. Granted, some details are too glossed over...The most obvious plot points come off as fresh and somehow surprising, thanks to the mostly excellent writing, and the way director Awoye Timpo has shepherded the cast and the crafts team to create a vividly theatrical experience."
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