“Bromance” is the insider show of the Rogue Festival. If you’ve ever had coffee with Marcel Nunis and know to the penny (including tip) how much a gin and tonic is at Livingstone’s, my bet is you’ll embrace this loosey-goosey production featuring two talented Rogue veterans.
I’m a fan of both performers. Tommy (the Rev. Nuge) Nugent, whose big Rogue hit was “Occupy This!,” has a street-smart, quick delivery that can belie his laid-back drug references. Kurt Fitzpatrick, who last year offered the trippy, stream-of-consciousness “Cathedral City,” comes across as dreamier, with a sweet, rambling timbre to his voice, but he can spit out a pithy punchline.
The two joined up for “Bromance,” which is basically a show about putting on a Rogue show — sort of a low-rent version of “[title of show].” It’s very meta, as you’d expect. Part of it is mechanics: We trace the origins of the show and follow the process of putting it together. (Every act needs a conflict, and they (sort of) find one when it turns out the Rev. wants to date Fitzpatrick’s ex-girlfriend.) Part is getting to know the performers — and their insecurities — better. (Nugent is considering truck-driving-school as a career backup.)
And part — which I found most interesting — is an insider look at the fringe circuit, including behind-the-scenes dirt on the Orlando Fringe Festival.
Fitzpatrick and Nugent have a nice onstage chemistry, bouncing off each other with self-deprecating charm, and the material doesn’t feel overly scripted. The cheeky sight gags (in more ways than one) and clever use of video spice things up. The clincher: a memorable Fresno-based rap. If you’re among the Rogue glitterati referenced in that song, you’ll be singing this show’s praises to the Tower District heavens. If you’re a Rogue neophyte, some of the material might go right past you — but, in the end, hanging out with two jovial performers can still be a lot of fun.