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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great staging
84
Avg Score

68
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

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if You are up for a good drama and like following a mysteriously unfolding story.

Don't see it if You are looking for just entertainment--this one draws you in and makes you think!

90
Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Riveting

See it if Following an absorbing story. Watching a character balance their old country & thru a lens of the new country.

Don't see it if Have trouble with the use of flashbacks. Are not comfortable with characters having to come face to face with events in the past.

93
Great acting, Ambitious, Great staging, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy a touching portrayal of a female writer's return to her Nigerian roots and the good and bad memories acted out by a fine cast.

Don't see it if African problems, music, vibes are not your cup of tea.

80
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Indulgent, Profound

See it if Enjoy great theater

Don't see it if Don’t enjoy great theater

90
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging, Great singing, Must see

See it if you love immersive theatre, different cultures, and innovative storytelling.

Don't see it if you can't follow stories about different cultures or don't like plays that have music and singing.

Also The Homecoming Queen was simply beautiful. The journey of a young woma... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great writing, Must see, Profound

See it if you can get a ticket. Seriously. One of the most beautifully unique pieces of theater I've seen in a while.

Don't see it if I can honestly think of very few reasons not to see this piece.

Also A gorgeously staged, heartwarming, heart breaking, complete piece of t... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Intense, Profound, Funny, Enchanting, Resonant

See it if Beautiful moving play about pain & healing, home & family, reconciliation, and the power of storytelling. Superb writing, acting & music.

Don't see it if You are not interested in an intense family drama set in Nigeria. You don't enjoy an intimate venue with immersive seating & minimal sets

During previews
88
Clever, Enchanting, Confusing, Great staging

See it if see also

Don't see it if see also

Also Love the set.. 88 is an average of 90 & 85.. Great idea for a tale but... Read more Read less

During previews
73
"homecoming" involving return of nigerian-american writer to her home rich on atmospherics, meandering plot

See it if shows w humor/pathos disconnection then reconciliation of Nigerian-Am woman returning to see family left in Nigeria; solid cast

Don't see it if unfocused; play annoyingly lurches btwn past & present; ending too neat: main character rejects then inexplicably embraces her past, huh?

During previews
90
Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you’re bicultural, perhaps trying to connect with your roots. The protagonist is well drawn and complex, straddling two worlds.

Don't see it if you need a large-scale production. This is an intimate show. It’s universal, funny, and tragic, guided by very personal truths.

During previews
89
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Perfect casting

See it if You enjoy plays about family ties, and how traumatic events shape our lives. Where do we consider our home to be? Set in Nigeria

Don't see it if You are not interested in Nigerian culture or customs. Do not like sentimental stories. Also mentions mental disease and physical trauma.

Also Amazing actors portray believable characters. Setting is totally in Ni... Read more Read less

During previews
89
Absorbing, Moving, All the pieces add up at the end, Satisfying

See it if You appreciate a well-written drama, expertly acted and directed.

Don't see it if Accented English frustrates you, or you're not interested in other cultures.

Also I really enjoyed this play. First off, the acting is great. The set is... Read more Read less

During previews
100
Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you like a good story with riveting, marvelous performances

Don't see it if you have no interest in a story that involves Nigerian story-telling

During previews
76
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You like plays that deal with other nations and cultures.

Don't see it if You like lighter fare and don't enjoy learning about how people live in foreign places.

During previews
88
Absorbing, Interesting, Intelligent

See it if You appreciate the universality of family dynamics while appreciating African rhythms of birth culture and music.

Don't see it if You are claustraphobic and are uncomfortable in a theater four stories underground.

During previews
83
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want to see some of the city's best actors working with a moving script by a new talented writer, good music/sound, and touching story

Don't see it if you don't like universal stories about facing life's truths - even the uncomfortable ones.

During previews
100
Funny, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if Great show

Don't see it if No reason why you should not see it


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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