A Selective Guide to the Arts in Los Angeles

Liz Femi

Take Me to the Poorhouse” is a one-woman play of fun — pure and simple. Actress Liz Femi is schoolgirl Lizzie, a middle-class Nigerian with fantasies fueled by the ridiculous and fanciful exploits she’s seen in American movies. The safe, orderly and clean life she and her parents live in their Nigerian neighborhood seems to her to be less “soulful” than the lives of her poorer classmates. You can catch Femi’s delightful and comical performance at the Lounge Theatres where she will perform June 8 through 26 as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Femi not only puts Lizzie before us with all her childish and naïve notions, but through mimicry and striking physical poses she acquaints us with a neighborhood of characters. A one-woman show like this could easily be presented as “storytelling,” but thanks to the artful direction of Jane Morris, “Take Me to the Poorhouse” is dynamic and truly theatrical.

—Beverly Lafontaine, Culture Spot LA

“Take Me to the Poorhouse” runs June 8 through 26 at the Lounge Theatres, Lounge 2, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Performances on June 8 at 8 p.m., June 14 at 8 p.m., June 16 at 2 p.m., June 19 at 4 p.m., June 21 at 10 p.m. and June 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.takemetothepoorhouse.com/shows. For more information, visit www.takemetothepoorhouse.com.