Nephew of the Universe

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Writer/Actor/Producer Rob Bruner's solo comedic retrospective of his years growing up in his aunt's New York eastern meditation group - or was it a cult? Enhanced by original music, and compelling photos and video. Directed by Jessica Lynn Johnson

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Rob Bruner brought his personal and thought-provoking life story to the stage with ease, vulnerability, humor and self reflection. His journey has certainly been a profound and introspective rollercoaster ride. The musical interludes were wonderful and Rob's ability with accents and portraying different characters was charming and amusing. One-man shows are not an easy feat and keeping the audience engaged is a tremendous challenge. He triumphed with his natural ability and self-deprecating charm on all accounts. A wonderful theater experience. Thank you.

sweet - Sean Cameron Michael


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I'm SO glad I saw this one-man show! Rob Bruner has a natural stage presence and the setting was perfect for this intimate journey through a rather harrowing childhood & coming of age. His endearing portrayal of his younger self and many interesting characters, combined with funny & touching musical interludes, completely enchanted me. I also loved the pictures of the 'cult' & family members he shared.

sweet - Lara Ingraham


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Rob Bruner charms and disarms in his lilting confessional play about how he struggled to come into manhood as a child of divorce living under the tutelage of an Indian guru. Bruner's ease onstage brings us not only into his extraordinary tale of being a young disciple, but his own bewilderment, loneliness, and yearning to be good. He performs his solo show naturally with flourishes of self deprecating humor and teenage rock and roll angst. Warmly recommended for anyone considering moving to an ashram or who survived adolescence.

sweet - Kerry McPherson


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To say Rob has had an interesting life would be an understatement! Here he gives us a comedic, poignant and rather enlightening glimpse of what it was like growing up in a cult. A solid, confident and charismatic performer, Rob is at ease in his storytelling and invites you in for a very entertaining perspective. Great solo show!

sweet - jmbeatle5


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Rob Bruner's ease onstage makes him seem like you've known him forever. Even though his story is very unique, he has a friendly demeanor that makes him relatable and engages you to listen to what he has to say. Rob took what could've easily been a bitter childhood story and turned it into something almost whimsical, without making it grandiose or over-the-top. He shows us the parts of his crazy past that were deeply rooted in any coming of age story (pain, love, disappointment), which makes you feel for him as the main character in his own life.

sweet - Stacy Dymalski


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Ultimately, the show is a success; Bruner is an engaging actor telling and he has an unusual story to tell. Ultimately, his: Be a Good Person. That's a story worth hearing over and over again.

sweet - Dana Martin - Pearls Before Swine - ...read full review


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Ultimately, the show is a success; Bruner is an engaging actor telling and he has an unusual story to tell. Ultimately, his: Be a Good Person. That's a story worth hearing over and over again.

sweet - Dana Martin - Pearls Before Swine - ...read full review


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Rob Bruner brought his personal and thought-provoking life story to the stage with ease, vulnerability, humor and self reflection. His journey has certainly been a profound and introspective rollercoaster ride. The musical interludes were wonderful and Rob's ability with accents and portraying different characters was charming and amusing. One-man shows are not an easy feat and keeping the audience engaged is a tremendous challenge. He triumphed with his natural ability and self-deprecating charm on all accounts. A wonderful theater experience. Thank you.

sweet - Sean Cameron Michael


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I'm SO glad I saw this one-man show! Rob Bruner has a natural stage presence and the setting was perfect for this intimate journey through a rather harrowing childhood & coming of age. His endearing portrayal of his younger self and many interesting characters, combined with funny & touching musical interludes, completely enchanted me. I also loved the pictures of the 'cult' & family members he shared.

sweet - Lara Ingraham


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Rob Bruner charms and disarms in his lilting confessional play about how he struggled to come into manhood as a child of divorce living under the tutelage of an Indian guru. Bruner's ease onstage brings us not only into his extraordinary tale of being a young disciple, but his own bewilderment, loneliness, and yearning to be good. He performs his solo show naturally with flourishes of self deprecating humor and teenage rock and roll angst. Warmly recommended for anyone considering moving to an ashram or who survived adolescence.

sweet - Kerry McPherson


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To say Rob has had an interesting life would be an understatement! Here he gives us a comedic, poignant and rather enlightening glimpse of what it was like growing up in a cult. A solid, confident and charismatic performer, Rob is at ease in his storytelling and invites you in for a very entertaining perspective. Great solo show!

sweet - jmbeatle5


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Rob Bruner's ease onstage makes him seem like you've known him forever. Even though his story is very unique, he has a friendly demeanor that makes him relatable and engages you to listen to what he has to say. Rob took what could've easily been a bitter childhood story and turned it into something almost whimsical, without making it grandiose or over-the-top. He shows us the parts of his crazy past that were deeply rooted in any coming of age story (pain, love, disappointment), which makes you feel for him as the main character in his own life.

sweet - Stacy Dymalski