- Lupita has received great reviews for her debut in the stage play Eclipsed.
- Many described her performance as excellent and marvelous.
- The actress has also received nominations for her role in the Star Wars movie at the 2016 MTV awards.
Kenyan born, Oscar award winning actress, Lupita Nyongo’o has starred in a new Broadway drama titled Eclipsed.
Been her debut for drama, the actress is reported to have performed exceptionally well and has gained great reviews. The actress played the role of a 15-year-old captive wife of a rebel warlord, a role she first played in drama school.
Written by the Walking Dead actress, Danai Gurira, Eclipsed is set during the second Liberian civil war in a rebel compound. It depicts the roles women played in the civil war, in which warlords conscripted child soldiers and performed human sacrifices.
The five-strong all-woman cast plays characters that do not have names, with Lupita identified only as the girl and the other women known as the "wives" of a commanding officer.
The drama, which opened at New York’s Golden Theatre on Sunday, has so far received great reviews. The website Deadline said the actress "lights up" the stage. It described the play - set in a rebel compound; as a "major achievement", with Nyong'o demonstrating "extraordinary" power.
The Star Wars actress also received praise from Trade paper variety, which praised her "intelligent" performance. The New York Times was fulsome in its praise, describing Nyong'o as "one of the most radiant young actors to be seen on Broadway in recent seasons".
Associated Press drama writer Mark Kennedy said Nyong'o "loses herself utterly in the searing and stunning play", with the production hailed as "an extraordinary work that shines and shines".
Nyong'o, who won the best supporting actress Oscar for 12 Years a Slave, posted a message on Instagram saying it was "such a thrill" to make her Broadway debut, noting Eclipsed is "the first play on Broadway to be written, directed and performed by all women" and that they are "making history".
She never continued but made a promise to herself that she would play 'The Girl' someday, somehow, somewhere, so it's mind-blowing to get to do it on Broadway."
Nyong'o has described herself as a "child of theatre", saying the medium "offers a chance to flex muscles that then only help to sustain cinematic work".
Eclipsed, directed by Liesl Tommy, is also a Broadway debut for Gurira, who plays samurai sword-wielding Michonne in the horror television series.
Meanwhile, Lupita has been nominated for the 2016 MTV awards. The actress was nominated for “Best Virtual Performance” in Star wars while British- Nigerian actor, John Boyega was also nominated in the “Breakthrough Awards Category”.
Nyong'o played the CGI character Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and is due to reprise the role in one of the forthcoming sequels. The record-breaking movie Star Wars leads this year’s nomination list, with 11 nominations including the “Movie of The Year” and “Ensemble Cast Categories”.