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Take Me To The Poorhouse

comedy · take me to the poorhouse · Ages 13+ · world premiere · one person show · Nigeria

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JAMILA WEBB certified reviewer June 14, 2013
Funny and heartfelt! What more could you want? One of the best solo shows I've ever seen. This is a must-see! Don't miss Liz's breakout performance.... full review
FRANCES PARSONS certified reviewer June 21, 2013
Liz Femi is fantastic! This show endearingly creates vibrant and clear characters, telling a highly amusing story that demonstrates how relatable children (and people) are all over the world. Wonderfully entertaining, and something I would love to see over and over again. "Well dooooooonnnneee!" ... full review
PUJA MOHINDRA certified reviewer June 17, 2013
This is a must-see! Liz Femi Wilson is a charismatic and lovable storyteller who takes you back to sweet childhood memories through the eyes of an African child. Excellent acting & thoughtful direction....this show is fun, poignant, and a universal walk down the memory lane of childhood through the unique cultural context of Africa. Thank you!... full review
DAN JOHNSON certified reviewer June 16, 2013
A charming show. Femi embodies several characters effectively and to great comedic result. A special performance. Go see it!... full review
IYABO KWAYANA certified reviewer June 17, 2013
Liz's creation, "Take Me to the Poorhouse" was brilliantly executed at every level. Her creation was so full of pure talent and imbued with Life that it represented for me a rare work of artistry. She brought to life every character she portrayed in this story and we witnessed them as if seeing them through the eyes of the young protagonist. Many times throughout the piece, I laughed spontaneously and uncontrollably. It is brilliant and I can't wait to see it again. Iyabo Kwayana... full review
JOHN PAUL KARLIAK certified reviewer June 16, 2013
Liz Femi's infectious energy as an 8-year-old version of herself drives this brilliantly written and performed play. Her innocent observations are a fresh perspective on economic woes, love and growing up in Africa. But she is never precious, and the serious underlying meanings are all subtly conveyed while humor, song and marvelous character work ferry us speedily along. Highly recommended. ... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 19, 2013
Femi has incredibly strong acting chops as she switched flawlessly from character to character. The story was funny at times and very charming, but failed to keep my full attention to the very end. ... full review
JENNIE WEBB certified reviewer June 19, 2013
Originally posted in Bitter Lemons http://wp.me/p1ZQLV-adR Man. It's not all that often that you see a solo show where you want to take the performer home with you. The pocket-sized Liz Femi is just about the most adorable actor onstage ever, and her story of growing up middle-class in Nigeria - and being captivated by the "fiery tongues and fierce temperaments" of those around her who're living in poverty - is pretty much irresistible. The outrageously talented Ms. Femi portrays an 8-year-old girl who begins her onstage journey in dogged pursuit of a secret love, a poor boy at school. She takes a route that's at once familiar and unexpected; Jane Morris directs with a sure hand that grabs every comedic opportunity along the way, and ... full review
TIWANA FLOYD certified reviewer June 20, 2013
Liz Femi Wilson's brilliant juxtaposition of many character's kept me completely enveloped in this story. The use of physicality, speech and stage blocking made the story easy to follow. I truly enjoyed the familiarity of this Nigerian little girl's plight to gain a boy's attention, through her love of books, and American TV & film pop culture. Just shows the human condition is evident no matter what part of the world one resides.... full review
DAWN JOYAL certified reviewer June 20, 2013
Liz will make you fall in love with one woman shows again. My first comments,just after curtain, were, "Liz could have told this story with no dialogue at all." Due to her amazing use of physicality. I cared not a bit that there was no set (but for two blocks and a few slides). She held me in her power every minute. Well done.... full review