The Mushroom Cure
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They say that laughter is the best medicine, but for one comedian suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder, it just might be psychedelic mushrooms. The Mushroom Cure is the hilarious, harrowing and heartrending tale of how Adam Strauss tried to treat his severe OCD with psychedelics. After extended, sold-out runs in NYC and SF, the show makes its Texas premiere at the Tobin Center. Directed by Jonathan Libman and inspired by a scientific study showing the hallucinogenic mushrooms may cure obsessive-compulsive disorder, Adam Strauss embarked on a program of vigilante psychopharmacology.
What do you do when you have a severe case of obsessive-compulsive disorder, and antidepressants and psychotherapy aren't working? According to a scientific study uncovered by writer-performer Adam Strauss, hallucinogenic mushrooms may be the answer: His true-life tour de force The Mushroom Cure is a funny, frenzied trip (often of the psychedelic kind) through his OCD and the methods he uses to try to cure himself. Strauss kicks off his tale by reading from the transcript of the 911 call he made after overdosing on mushrooms he had ordered over the Internet, and a comedic yarn ensues, but his illness is not just a laughing matter. His constant, manic attempts to achieve perfection—the perfect girlfriend, the perfect shirt for his stand-up show, the better side of the street to walk on—can be maddening and even heart-wrenching. An experienced stand-up comic, Strauss has an engaging, ironic delivery that keeps you riveted throughout.
(Critics’ Pick) “Riveting…. A true-life tour de force” – Time Out New York
“Mines a great deal of laughter from disabling pain” – The New York Times
“A miracle of a show and a must-see” – Talkin' Broadway
“One hell of a trip” – Broadway Baby
"Brilliant, hilarious and moving" – Michael Pollan