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

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

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.

Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you're a fan of these "prodigal child returns" stories of which we have seen maybe too many

Don't see it if you're looking for something new to be said about the genre. Acting seemed unprofessional at times, story not clearly told

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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