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Growing Up Fundie (FringeNYC)

Members say: Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Funny, Intelligent, Entertaining
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Members
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13 reviews
 

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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Categories: Solo Show, Comedy, Local. Written by Brooke Arnold.

 

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58
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Front Row Center

"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." Full Review

75
Theatre is Easy

“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.” Full Review

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96
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94
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great writing, Hilarious

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
Original, Ambitious, Resonant, Excruciating, Entertaining

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.

100
Funny, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Excruciating

See it if you want to learn more about fundamentalism, and why it gives you the creeps.

Don't see it if you think your cult is "the right one."

100
Absorbing, Must see, Entertaining

See it if you want a fresh perspective, have ever felt isolated or stuck, are curious, need the feels.

Don't see it if you are super conservative, closed minded and sensitive to sexual topics / taboos

90
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if A very strong, compelling one-woman show about growing up in a fundamentalist cult--and finally escaping. Much humor is used, too.

Don't see it if It's a show in development, and if you only want to see super-polished Broadway caliber stuff. But the audience was riveted when I went.

95
Funny, Absorbing, Profound, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if You're at all curious about religious fundamentalism.

Don't see it if You're very religious and don't want to be critiqued, or if you're triggered by child abuse

100
Original, Intense, Thought-provoking, Profound, Entertaining

See it if You had a difficult childhood and want to relate, or had an easy childhood and want a sense of appreciation for how tough it could have been

Don't see it if You live in "safe space" world and think things need "trigger warnings"...sigh...

100
Funny, Edgy, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You want to know what it's like to have lived in a cult.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to topics related to religion or sex.

100
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Must see, Profound, Hilarious

See it if you have the guts and soul to participate in a deep and beautiful exploration of the human experience in profoundly troubled circumstances.

Don't see it if don't like to laugh, because this show is not only moving, but uproariously hilarious. I've never laughed so much at a play.

100
Original, Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy being challenged and having new experiences. She delivers a raw and honest reflection on a life that I didn't know existed.

Don't see it if .....you should just see it. But be advised that you will be uncomfortable (in a great, challenging way).

100
Funny, Absorbing, Intelligent, Riveting, Great writing

See it if You're willing to learn about about a frightening sub culture in our midst, while laughing your damn ass off at the same time.

Don't see it if You have no empathy, soul, or sense of humor.

100
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if You like raw honesty, Love to laugh, Hell if you want to learn something new This is a MUST! Brook packs so many good things into this show!

Don't see it if You're delusional.

100
Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if you want an inside look at how different your life might have been if you lived somewhere else or had a different religion. Hilarious!

Don't see it if you hate to laugh and hate to have fun or learn about anything.