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The magic and mayhem of one man's journey from Pentacostal preacher to atheist street magician looking for enlightenment at the annual Burning Man festival in northern Nevada. CRITIC'S PICK-Cincinnati Citybeat, FABBY Award winner Orlando Fringe



"Hanging out with world-class characters, especially ones as genuine and engaging as Rev. Tommy, is what Fringe is all about." - ORLANDO WEEKLY

"His aw-shucks personality keeps things light and loose, and the demons he tackles keep things meaningful. Nugent makes it look easy and fun." - CINCINNATI CITYBEAT

"This show was sort of like hanging out in a bar with a cool guy and hearing his pretty incredible life story...Nugent is a winsome and engaging presence and the audience ate it up." - ORLANDO SENTINEL

"His way with words is mesmerizing...fascinating story of a very interesting and well thought out life, told by a master storyteller." - PATRON REVIEW ORLANDO FRINGE

"We all have our stories to tell. Tommy Nugent tells his well - he was captivating from start to finish. I was with him every step of the way on his existential journey. Very funny bits! - PATRON REVIEW LONDON FRINGE

The cast

Tommy Nugent
Role: Rev. Nuge
Just your basic preacher turned gambler turned law school drop out turned street magician turned motivational speaker turned Fringe solo show artiste, Tommy Nugent has performed for more than half a million people over the last ten years. He weaves a magical tale told with humor, heart, and the occasional handling of dangerous objects.

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Tommy Nugent

Burning Man and the Reverend Nuge

Thu., Jul. 30 @ 8:30 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 3 @ 8:30 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 5 @ 7:00 p.m.
[A] Sat., Aug. 8 @ 4:00 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 9 @ 5:30 p.m.

KEY:
[S]=ASL interpreted
[A]=Audio described

Warning! Adult language

Venue Gremlin Theatre
For ages 14+
Created by Tommy Nugent
From Detroit, MI
Web site www.youtube.com/revnuge
genres Solo, Comedy
subjects Religious
features Regional premiere (Minneapolis-St. Paul), Original script/choreography, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer

Overall rating

User reviews

Enough?
by Igor Blokhintsev Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
"Enough" - the way Tommy said - it is big, great enough, need life long travel to that "enough". Kept auditorium from first to the last moment with unexpected twists also.

Sex, drugs, and religion
by Fringivitis Vulgaris Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
...not necessarily in that order. Tommy Nugent weaves his own tale of a man-child whose passionate beliefs alter as he ages. I'll say a cheery Hallelujah for the Rev Nuge's "enough-ism"!

Entertaining
by Pat Lindgren Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
His show was entertaining with some periodic memorable comedic lines. Not sure I'd go twice.

A Must-See Performance
by TJ Hara Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I've been giving a lot of thought to adding a second performance of this show to what I thought was a full itinerary for my first time at Fringe. Nugent gives a really touching account of his journey to find a faith of his own that resonated with me and, I suspect, with a lot of his viewers. This isn't the out-and-out comedy performance I went in expecting, but Nugent is very adept at using humor to punctuate his story and keep his show moving. I can't say enough good things about this show, but if I can't convince you to see it, then at least I know there'll be an open seat for me before Fringe is done.

Very Uplifting
by Dean Hatton Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Very well written and dynamically portrayed.
It'll make you feel good about being human.
Sounds cheesy i know but that's what it did for me.

In the know
by Tobias Ball Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Amdist the edge and experiments of the fringe, it is refershing to find 90 minutes of honesty, humor, and vulnerability. Although anyone in attendance will laugh, those from an evangelical background will find particular glee and a stinging nostalgia in the perfect mockery of Rev. Nuge.

powerful
by james ciccone Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Outstanding story, humor, heart felt emotion leaving you with lots to ponder. Highly recommended!

Wear the button, eat lucky charms
by Nanette Stearns Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Enjoyed the show and the message. Engaging performance and one that will stay with me long after the Fringe is over.

excellent
by Karen Cooper Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
What a delightful tale to hear of someone finding a better, happier and more fulfilling path through life than the several kinds of Christian he started out as.

Plus, The Funny.

Just what I needed
by Ruth Alkons Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The message of the show was very comforting to me. I have experienced many of the same issues.

I wasn't sure at first...
by Sarah Cura Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
The show starts out with a lot of Jesus talk and I really didn't come to this show to be preached at, but it didn't take long before I was caught in the Rev's story and journey. He had us all captured with his charisma from the start. You could see how he would make a great preacher in his former life. I was touched by his personal journey and his fun delivery. Not what I was expecting, but I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would in those first few minutes.

I Joined the Rev's Cult
by Erica Mauter Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
I'm wearing my "Burn with the Rev" button right next to my Fringe button.

I made room in my schedule for this one because I'm originally from Detroit so I was feeling the hometown love. I talked briefly to Tommy Nugent the day before I saw this show and he's a pretty cool guy. He just got up there and told his story. It wasn't particularly hilarious, it was fairly dramatic, I stayed engaged throughout, and I was totally rooting for the Rev in the end. Nice to hear the story of someone's life from someone who's done quite a bit of living.

Good Enough.
by Christopher Kidder Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Tommy Nugent has lived an interesting life. It is fun to hear about it.

For more in-depth thoughts: Fringe By Numbers

Staying power
by Tess Galati Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Nugent makes it look so natural--like a friend telling a totally engrossing story--only once in awhile you notice this is the naturalness called genius. Best show yet!

Good Enough
by Donovan Walker Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
3 stars is 'worth a look' 4 stars is 'excellent' and 5 stars is 'I want to have your baby'-

A far from revolutionary message, but he's an engaging speaker and touches on enough subjects something is sure to connect.

BTW, I feel the same way about burning man.. and yet I go back.

Makes me wish my life was more exciting
by nicole silverwood Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I was previously not a fan of these kind of one-man-shows; but something about the "preview" grabbed me. I was so excited by the show I immediately bought a copy of his show on DVD to send to family who would enjoy it. Bright, Crazy, Eccentric and overall highly Entertaining.

A polished script & engaging delivery
by Florence Brammer Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
"Rev. Nuge" weaves a tale of his autobigraphical journey from born-again preschooler to exiled evangelical preacher to infomercial-inspired speaker to spoken word artist. While the exceptionally strong focus of the first half of the show (his church experiences) waned a bit as the text turned to his Burning Man tales, Nugent's writing and delivery were still fast-paced throughout and full of poignant disclosures and insights. Recommended, especially for anyone for whom faith issues are on your radar.

Fantastic!!
by Eric Koscak Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I am now officially a follower of The Rev. Nuge (and the naked guy!). A captivating storyteller who deals with The Big Questions with a light touch and a lot of laughs. Time flew - I could have listened for another hour. Risking the Fires of Hell has never been so fun.

Highly recommended
by August Berkshire Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This is the second-best Christian-to-atheist one-person play I've seen. The best is Julia Sweeney's "Letting Go of God." If Sweeney's play is five stars, this would be four. As a long-time atheist myself, I really appreciate that this actor, Tommy Nugent, didn't end with mere atheism, but went on to tell us how he - and all of us - can find meaning in life without gods. Yes, folks, that's were we're headed and Nugent is a delightful guide.

Talented, personal, funny, and touching
by Bjorn Watland Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
In polite company, one does not talk about politics, or religion. Gratefully, Rev. Nuge pays little heed to niceties as he shares his life's story. For anyone who has wrestled with faith, nihilism, atheism, universalism, and meaning, you'll find something to latch onto as you follow the Rev's story.

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