One Girl, Two Cities

Fringe Review: The Gospel of Sherilyn Fenn

gospel of sherilyn fenn at minnesota fringe festival

The true story of how storyteller Brad Lawrence survived a religious upbringing in the Reagan Eighties through the miracle of late night cable.

A plethora of solo story-tellers has found its way into my Fringe schedule, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. Cue The Gospel of Sherilyn Fenn by Brad Lawrence.

From the moment he takes the stage, Brad is immediately likeable and I found myself readily leaning in. He’s a fast talker and my ears took a few minutes to adjust to his rapidity, but I’m glad it didn’t take long because this fellow is quick-witted and has effortless comedic timing.

He starts by explaining how he was an overweight 12-year-old with braces – as you can imagine, not exactly popular at school. So he took to drawing as a form of escapism, which resulted in getting paid two dollars to draw a picture of the Pope and a dog and other colorful customized pornography for his classmates, and I’ll just let you use your imagination from there until you see the show for yourself.

Religion surrounded Brad’s upbringing, so just imagine the reactions elicited from superiors should they discover the said customized pornography of a 12-year-old.

Brad learns that “Sex is a tool of Satan that results in unwanted teenage pregnancy,” and that “Art is the gateway drug to drugs and homosexuality.” So what’s a kid to do?

As you might expect, he attends a religious convention on Planet Church and asks people to pray for him.

The absurd stories throughout this show had me doing all kinds of laughing: giggling, guffawing, snorting. It’s wonderful. Brad paints pictures in your head so easily of every situation, and you’ll feel what he felt. He naturally transitions from one story to the next, and all fit perfectly in their own way into the context of the show.

He builds nicely into his foray into Showtime After Hours and his obsession with “Two Moon Junction” starring the sexually confident Sherilyn Fenn. So how can one woman inspire a kid to lose sixty pounds in a matter of a couple months? I think you should attend The Gospel of Sherilyn Fenn and find out for yourself.

The Minnesota Fringe Festival runs August 4-14, 2016 in Minneapolis. See The Gospel of Sherilyn Fenn August 6, 7, 9, 12 and 13 at HUGE. Click here to purchase tickets.

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