Liz is such a treat to watch on stage. The clever, funny and deeply heartfelt storyline is both entertaining and refreshing. ...
certified reviewerJune 09, 2013
This one woman play was touching and hilarious!
I loved how Liz Femi was able to embody a wide range of colorful characters. Seeing her transform back and forth between three kids, or to and forth between her and her mother, was fun and entertaining.
The story was a nice inversion of a classic tale and an interesting peek into what life feels like for an 8-year-old middle class Nigerian girl. If you enjoy seeing something different and like a mix of comedy and drama, I highly recommend this!!
Just a fantastic play! Liz Femi's portrayal of characters is a highly skilled delight. She's one of these actresses that you can't take your eyes off because she is so engaging. She really captures that magical moment of one's childhood where we find it hard to distinguish fantasy from reality-- the magical realism phase. Jane Morris, the director, allows Liz to shine with Fred Kaz musical score is really punctuates the piece perfectly. Go see it!!!...
It's a wonderful thing when a performer is as entertaining to watch as Liz Femi, and Liz is a performer who knows how to take her audiences along for the ride. From lights up, to lights down, you can tell she loves doing this show, and performing is her passion.
There are a few things that get me down about "Poor House" however. Very rehearsed movement on stage seems sloppy at some points, and almost forced at others - sort of like Femi is being directed to make sure she uses the whole space. Throughout the entire production, I found myself losing Liz and the wonderful projections that accompany her - mostly due to bright, unfocused, very thrown together lighting. In my opinion, this show would work better in a smaller space, with more r...
I first heard about the show when I saw a friend had donated to the Indiegogo campaign, and I assumed, based on the title, that it was a drama. But Liz Femi's "Take Me To The Poorhouse" is comedy in every sense of the word, taking the classic Cinderella concept and turning it on its head.
Each of Femi's characters (which range from extreme differences of socio-economics, gender, age, and wisdom) is illustrated crystal-clearly through the written voice as well as physical voice and physical presence. Put together, they give such a rich and vibrant depiction of life in Nigeria, as well as tapping into a "universal" experience - the naivety of inexperience and of financial privilege. (But, of course, that's my own privilege talking - privile...