Closed 1h 20m
Growing Up Fundie (FringeNYC)
Soho/Tribeca
96

Growing Up Fundie (FringeNYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(13 Reviews)
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Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

About the Show

Part of FringeNYC: What’s it like to run away from a fundamentalist Christian cult with only a second grade education and a burning conviction that there must be something better out there? A stand-up comic’s harrowing and hilarious true story of salvation.

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Absorbing, Hilarious, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great writing

See it if Best thing I saw all weekend at Fringe. What a shocking story Ms. Arnold tells--I expected comedy, but this goes much deeper.Truly compellin

Don't see it if you're a home schooling, cult-living fundamentalist

88
Ambitious, Entertaining, Excruciating, Resonant, Original

See it if You have issues with organized religion and patriarchal systems of oppression.

Don't see it if It's hard to watch someone using humor to tackle extremely difficult and triggering topics.

Critic Reviews (2)

August 15th, 2016

“Funny and poignant—but not fully realized...The play is at its best when it delves into the residual impact of being raised in an insular bubble, rife with fear of outsiders and brimming with deprivation. When Arnold zeroes in on these truths, rather than rehashing commonly understood facts about Christian fundamentalism, ‘Growing Up Fundie’ commands attention and provokes thoughtful reflection on faith, organized religion, and male domination.”
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August 16th, 2016

"FringeNYC at its purest, which is to say that it’s a holy mess...The show could still use some work. Director Laura Hooper has Arnold dashing all over the place, in and out of the lighting, off stage and back, haphazardly…Arnold’s persona wavers between stand-up comic with a forced delivery, and deeply personal confessor. There is too much weight for her to get off of her chest in a mere basement show at a Fringe Festival. She seemed close to tears at the end, and not in a good way."
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