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All the Wrong Reasons
All the Wrong Reasons, subtitled A True Story of Neo-Nazis, Drug Smuggling, and Undying Love, chronicles Fugelsang’s eventual marriage to his girlfriend of eleven years. His father is dying of heart failure, his career is in shambles, he’s selling his CD collection for food money —and his mother is nagging him to get married, to "give your father something to live for." Naturally, he resists, interweaving his resistance saga with seemingly unrelated tales.
Fugelssang's detours involve the time he went head-to-head with neo-Nazi David Duke on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, his near-incarceration at the hands of Homeland Security in Orlando’s airport for drug smuggling, the story of his mother’s and father’s legendary relationship (he was a priest, she was a nun). Occasionally he crosses the line into both sentimentality and exaggeration. Overall though, he weaves everything into a high-energy, engaging show that also manages to be poignant. Perhaps owing to his time as game show host, Fugelsang is able to keep the audience’s attention, even when he’s simply narrating.
New York Theatre Workshop is perhaps not the best venue for this show. Joe’s Pub or its like might have been better since this monologue cries out for a cocktail or two. That said, Fugelsang and director Pam MacKinnon do make excellent use of the spacious stage.
Though there are times when All the Wrong Reasons resembles a blog more than a play, it’s a witty and interesting introduction of a newcomer to the the downtown theater scene.
Easy-on-the budget super gift for yourself and your musical loving friends. Tons of gorgeous pictures.
Leonard Maltin's 2007 Movie Guide
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Leonard Maltin's 2005 Movie Guide