The Mushroom Cure
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The Mushroom Cure
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The Mushroom Cure NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(70 Reviews)
Positive
92%
Mixed
7%
Negative
1%
Members say
Absorbing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Thought-provoking

About the Show

They say that laughter is the best medicine, but for one comedian suffering from OCD, it just might be psychedelic mushrooms. After an extended run in San Francisco, the solo show returns to NYC.

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Member Reviews (70)

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965 Reviews | 339 Followers
75
Absorbing, Ambitious, Funny, Slow, Relevant

See it if you like to hear how one guy conquered OCD. And how he found love, at least for awhile. Clever, funny, insightful, honest, raw, engaging.

Don't see it if you want more insight into how Adam got OCD or how the cure worked. Some parts too slow, others too fast. Why's it hard to get mushrooms?

946 Reviews | 387 Followers
83
Absorbing, Delightful, Intelligent, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if You have an interest in OCD, alternative therapies, Love and some really great story telling. One of the better one person shows I’ve seen.

Don't see it if You have no interest or experience with mental illness or recreational drug use.

971 Reviews | 227 Followers
72
Funny, Quirky, Clever

See it if You want a play that deals with OCD. Has some funny moments. As a one man show, Adam Strauss does a nice job. Good lighting.

Don't see it if If your not into one acts. If you do not like smaller east village theater like St Mark's.

706 Reviews | 214 Followers
85
Edgy, Funny, Relevant, Intelligent, Clever

See it if Comic with OCD seeks hallucinogenic cure, while courting his smart girlfriend. Hip humor, captivating story, good acting.

Don't see it if You don't want to see the challenges of living with OCD. You don't like self-deprecating humor. You prefer a bigger production.

469 Reviews | 258 Followers
50
Ambitious, Overlong, Tedious, Needs editing, Overrated

See it if you enjoy one-man shows with too much material in search of a good editor or director. There is way too much material covered here.

Don't see it if you do not like overlong one-man shows.

498 Reviews | 103 Followers
55
Interesting

See it if You typically like one person shows

Don't see it if Watching one actor tell a story for almost 2 hours bothers you Read more

374 Reviews | 69 Followers
73
Entertaining, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You like one-man shows and enjoy stories about mental health, drug use and romantic relationships.

Don't see it if You prefer elaborate staging or are offended by drug induced stories or if you are not engaged by story telling.

302 Reviews | 82 Followers
85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Quirky

See it if you are ready for a deep dive into the frustrations, highs, lows, and exhausting recovery of a victim of obsessive compulsive disorder.

Don't see it if you cannot sit 90 minutes without interval in a solo man show with minimal set, a monologue with a few other parts played by him &dark theme

Critic Reviews (16)

Lighting & Sound America
January 2nd, 2018

“Strauss is an affable performer...Overall, however, he works a little too hard in attempting to make a comedy out of his experiences, and his relationship with that graduate student who becomes his partner in pharmaceutical crime isn't always believable. ‘The Mushroom Cure’ is a mildly amusing hour and a half, but kids -- please -- don't try this at home!”
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Stage Buddy
December 15th, 2017

“Strauss makes the standup-monologue-as-one-man-show his own, with a sweetly vulnerable take that has quite a few belly laughs...You’ll feel that you’ve entered into the labyrinth of the creative mind...A lovely remembrance...This is a tale of boy-meets-girl underneath all of the remarkably intricate talk of drug dealers...A real treat. One caveat, I’d limit the amount of times the lights go out...We want to see his pathos, his heart on his sleeve. He’s the whole reason we are there.”
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SusanGranger.com
December 18th, 2017

“Over the course of 90 minutes, Strauss reveals perhaps more than anyone ever wanted to know about obtaining drugs, including psychedelic cacti which requires circuitous preparation before ingesting, and dealing with an unorthodox community of chemists...As a result, Strauss’s more banal ramblings caused a couple of audience members to nod off...It's astutely directed by Jonathan Libman.”
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The New York Times
August 20th, 2014
For a previous production

"Mining a great deal of laughter from disabling pain, it tells what Mr. Strauss says is the true story of his quest to rid himself of obsessive-compulsive disorder with psychedelic drugs, and it feels true partly because of the awkwardness that underlies his demeanor...The show is a bit overlong...but it winds its way to a reasonably happy ending: Mr. Strauss is here in front of us, well enough to spin his tale."
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Time Out New York
August 12th, 2014
For a previous production

"Strauss' true-life tour de force is a funny, frenzied trip through his OCD and the methods he uses to try to cure himself...His constant, manic attempts to achieve perfection can be maddening and even heart-wrenching. Strauss has an engaging, ironic delivery that keeps you riveted throughout the show’s nearly two-hour running time...'The Mushroom Cure' might benefit from a stronger structure and a 20-minute trim—but hey, no one’s perfect."
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TheaterScene.net
July 29th, 2016
For a previous production

“In the course of 90 minutes, we follow the ups and downs of Strauss’ professional, mental health and romantic lives in great detail. To his credit, Strauss gives the impression of delivering these stories as if for the first time. He is fresh and very involved, yet sensitive to the audience’s reactions. He manages to make a tediously unattractive condition fascinating and also manages to make himself affecting and human. OCD has never been as attractively rendered.”
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Theater Pizzazz
July 25th, 2016
For a previous production

“Strauss takes us on his fatally flawed magic carpet ride...Some of his states are humorous, his commentary funny. Other sections are tedious...The production might have been perfect, brilliant genius: if the script sections were tightened, if tepid sections that flat-lined were jettisoned...Strauss needs to work on a balance of tone...As a shorter piece, 'The Mushroom Cure' might have been magnificent, illuminating, humorously scintillating. As is, the show is funny, revealing, and enjoyable."
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Off Off Online
July 25th, 2016
For a previous production

“Desperation courses through Adam Strauss’s performance...Yet Strauss, a stand-up comedian, tells his story with humor as well, as the best playwrights do for serious material...Strauss is becomingly ordinary, with his mop of black hair itself displaying some disorder, but less than his personality provides...Under the direction of Jonathan Libman, Strauss does a splendid job of navigating romance, pain, desperation, and humor in the piece.”
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