Already closed | 1h 45m | Chelsea

The Homecoming Queen

From 43 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

Having been absent for over a decade, she must collide with her culture, traumatic past, painful regrets, and the deep, deep love she thought she could never have.

1h 45m | Already closed | Atlantic Theater Stage Two (Chelsea)

Member Reviews (43)


Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great staging
Avg Score

Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Unusual setting, Repetitive

See it if you're interested in Nigerian life. THC is rich w/music, clothing, Igbo, attitudes (some lovely, some ugly). Well-staged, well-plotted.

Don't see it if you want fully likable characters or a brisk pace. Carping at ea other is presented as ok. Forgiveness granted for dad's cruel response.Why?

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy family sagas set in Africa with a hint of mystery and misdirection, "return to home" stories, romance with personal barriers

Don't see it if you don't enjoy "family" plays that are slow to reveal its secrets & jump around in time, take place in a culture that may discomfort you,

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if you're interested in cultural differences between LA and Nigeria; a woman's experiences as a child and how it shapes her; joy and tears.

Don't see it if you don't care for family themes, a tale that jumps around in time and can be confusing; moving away from home doesn't always make u happy.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Confusing, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy plays that jump around from the present to the past to magical realism. You enjoy plays that say you can go home again.

Don't see it if you find it challenging to follow when a play is in the present or past. You are not interested in different cultures.

Also Beautifully staged. Ngozi Anyanwu is a writer to keep your eye on. Alt... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like plays that make you think, that aren't strictly linear, and have great design elements, terrific acting, and have something to say

Don't see it if you are looking for a big brashy musical or a romantic comedy. There is a lot of music & comedy in this, but it is woven into the play.

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

Also The chorus act as members of the extended family and they are frequent... Read more Read less

Great acting, Slow, Difficult sight lines, Uneven pacing, Engaging story

See it if You have appreciated the myriad of African plays by African women on stage over the past six months or you are interested in acculturation.

Don't see it if You are intolerant of uneven pacing or not being able to see all the action, depending on your seat.

Also I wanted to like this more than I did.

Ambitious, Cliched

See it if You particularly enjoy a return to damaged roots type story with all the elements turned up to eleven.

Don't see it if You like a touch of subtlety and would prefer protagonist to have some redeeming qualities before the magical realist ending

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.

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.

Confusing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you are interested in how people interact and how their pasts can disable and distort their ability to make connections. Well done portrayal

Don't see it if you need a linear plot line. There is a small degree of confusion in timing and in the final scene as to whether it is wishful thinking

Cliched, Overrated, Slow, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you'd like to see a conventional plot in an unconventional setting with some very good acting.

Don't see it if you are looking for something really fresh, insightful and challenging.

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!

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

Also Ngozi Anyanwu's story begins with the uncomfortable arrival of Kelechi... Read more Read less

Tender moments, Ambitious, Well acted and staged, Slow, Somewhat confusing

See it if you think you'd like a slowly-building drama about a woman returning from the U.S. after many years to see her father in Africa.

Don't see it if or rather unless you want something sentimental.

Resonant, Absorbing

See it if Personal journeys, cultural conflicts, families

Don't see it if Don’t appreciate African culture

Entertaining, Great staging, Slow

See it if you're open to different cultures. The story is interesting, the staging is clever and the ending leaves you thinking.

Don't see it if you're expecting a traditional plot, climax, and denouement. The play could use a little editing, at one hour 45 minutes, no intermission

Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Great acting

See it if A universal theme with a fascinating background. Well acted and directed.

Don't see it if you have no interest in themes that reverberate in other parts of the world and have universal interest.

Surprising, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if questions of how culture and upbringing shape us all intrigue you

Don't see it if flashbacks and a nonlinear plot confuse you

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.

Also As a psychiatric nurse I am always interested in how mental illness an... Read more Read less

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

Slow, Confusing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like a play that is about other cultures. The issues could be applied to all families and communities. Also includes a good chorus.

Don't see it if you are upset by the issue of sexual assault and violence.

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

Also This beautiful family drama is not as large in scope as the sociopolit... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate complex narratives combining memories with on-going confrontations, good acting and excellent use of a tiny stage.

Don't see it if You like straightforward narratives, a larger physical stage, and a resolution that's not a fantasy. You don't like mixtures of cultures.

Intelligent, Cliched, Entertaining, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if You suspect Thomas Wolfe was right - but need confirmation, or if you might like old themes rewarmed in an interesting way.

Don't see it if You are impatient with themes that have already been explored and just want to move on.

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 d...
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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 predictab...
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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 patho...
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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 t...
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