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May 23, 2017
thEATer: Jenny Jules of NYTW’s ‘Sojourners’/’Her Portmanteau’ on Her Favorite East Villages Eateries
Jenny Jules in HER PORTMANTEAU at NYTW. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Midtown isn't New York's only neighborhood for great theater. In this installment of thEATer, we interviewed Broadway veteran Jenny Jules, who is currently starring in Mfoniso Udofia's Sojourners and Her Portmanteau, playing in rep at New York Theater Workshop. Check out Jenny's favorite eats in and around the East Village!

Favorite place with a cool vibe to have a drink?

COUP. This bar is a new, not-for-profit cocktail bar which is donating 100% of the profits to organisations that are either being defunded by the current administration or need money to fight the current administration; organisations like Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. The cocktails are delicious but pricey. However you do know that the profits are going to a good cause.

Pre-rehearsal breakfast?

B Bar and Grill. I like this place. Before rehearsal, after rehearsal and after a show. It serves good eggs for pre-rehearsal breakfast and I love the loaded fries. It can get pretty loud on the weekends lots of people having cocktails in the bar but the service is usually always quite snappy and the food is good.

Classic NYC establishment? 

Balthazar. Just check it out. This place speaks for itself.

Sugar Fix?

OddFellows Ice Cream Co. This tiny whimsical little ice cream parlour is perfect for fixing one's sugar cravings. The ice cream is delicious and its right next door to the theatre. So naughty!

Favorite restaurant in NYC?

Il Buco. I find it quite hard to say somewhere is my absolute favourite place but this restaurant is so special. I've never been let down by a mouthful of food on any of the dishes I've had here. Deliciously tasty. The atmosphere is usually festive. And the staff are always really pleasant and friendly. It can be a job getting a table understandably but it's worth it.

Place where I always run into friends?

Noho Star. Ialways meet someone I know whenever I eat here. It's a spacious room with a high ceiling. The food is good - Chinese and American. There are tables outside and you can watch the sexy folk of Noho walking by as you sip on their wonderful homemade ginger beer.

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Review: Sojourners/Her Portmanteau

By Ariana Rudes

Mfoniso Udofia’s Sojourners and Her Portmanteau, two plays that make up a nine-part saga and that are currently playing at New York Theatre Workshop under the direction of Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, are, above all, a master class in acting. The two parts, which are meant to be viewed in tandem (either on the same day or on two separate nights), tell the story of a Nigerian-American family over the course of several decades. At a time when immigration is one of the most prevalent topics in the American psyche, these plays hit particularly hard, and even in their slower moments, one cannot help but be completely captivated by the expertly executed performances delivered by every member of the cast. The two plays bring us into two different periods of the families life. In Sojourners Abasiama Epkeyound (an excellent Chinasa Ogbuagu) and her husband Upkong (a charismatic Hubert Point-Du-Jour), move to Texas so that she can study biology at a university there. The expectation is that she will only stay until her studies are through, at which point she’ll return to Nigeria to share her knowledge with her country. It becomes clear that this was not the case after all in Her Portmanteau, in whi …Read more

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