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Review: Deborah Frances-White - Cult Following by emma

There are 6 comments on the SpoonFed story from Aug 23, 2012, titled Review: Deborah Frances-White - Cult Following by emma. In it, SpoonFed reports that:

Deborah Frances-White has a very unique tale to tell at this year's Fringe and unlike a lot of other exaggerated anecdotes you may have come across, it really did happen she has the photographic evidence to prove it.

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Greensboro, NC

#1 Aug 23, 2012
ok interesting?????

Farmington, UT

#2 Aug 24, 2012
Deborah Frances-White has a unique tale to tell at this year’s Fringe and unlike a lot of other exaggerated anecdotes you may have come across, it really did happen – she has the photographic evidence to prove it.

When she was 14, her parents decided the family should all become Jehovah’s Witnesses, a suggestion she gamely went along with as a lonely teenager with no friends. But as she got older, she began to rebel. The comedian in her made jokes at meetings to get attention (albeit rather corny ones but she did the best she could with the material she had), and she declared she wanted to go to university, a suggestion her ‘elders’ were firmly against. Her growing doubts and some chance encounters lead her to quit the Jehovah’s for good, which she recounts in dramatic flashback sequences, before returning to her chattier, stand-up self.

On top of her personal journey from timid cult follower to a ballsy 21st century liberal, Frances-White’s story is doubly intriguing because we know so little about Jehovah’s Witnesses. We hear about elements of her former life she has to relinquish in order to join, from the predictable to the amusingly random. Then there’s the message the Jehovah’s are trying to deliver to us, which, as she points out, none of us know because we do a very good job of hiding when they come a ‘knocking.

If you’re looking for something that will have you bent double laughing, this probably isn’t for you. While there are some playful sections involving the audience and a funny manipulation of source material, these are the strongest comic sections of a show that is more of a gently amusing narrative than a riotous comedy show. Still, if you like a good story, you won’t be disappointed. Frances-White is a witty and assured raconteur and this is a compelling personal account; told with insight and depth.

Farmington, UT

#3 Aug 24, 2012
I think that those of us who were forced to live in this cult as teens would appreciate her!!

Greensboro, NC

#4 Aug 24, 2012
i guess the real jws do not like her (:(


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#5 Aug 25, 2012
Interesting Story, I wish they had more..Just how many simulair stories are out there?

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#6 Sep 5, 2012
If you like her, you should read "I'm Perfect, you're Doomed: Tales from a Jehovah's Witness upbringing". By Kyria Abraham's. It hilarious. It is on Amazon.

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