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  The Mushroom Cure at The Greenhouse Theater Center

The Mushroom Cure

The Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N Lincoln Avenue Chicago

Inspired by a scientific study showing that hallucinogenic mushrooms may cure obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Adam Strauss embarked on a program of vigilante psychopharmacology. The true tale of Strauss' hilarious, harrowing and heartrending attempts to treat his debilitating OCD with psychedelics, THE MUSHROOM CURE was named a Critics' Pick by Time Out New York, which praised it as "riveting... true-life tour de force" and hailed by The New York Times as "mining a great deal of laughter from disabling pain."

Thru - Jun 9, 2019

Price: $29 - $35

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 773-404-7336

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Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...Ultimately, though Strauss believes research shows there is some promise in off-label uses of psychedelics, the real trip to finally getting a grip on his disorder begins as it has for so many others: sitting in a chair in a circle with other people who know what it feels like. "The Mushroom Cure" is at times uncomfortable, but Strauss puts a warm spin on his travails - and provides some glimmer of insight on how to get through each day, learning to walk next to the shadow of OCD, even on sunny days."
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Kerry Reid

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...I know what it's like to be desperate for clarity and control, which is why Adam Strauss's one-man show The Mushroom Cure rocked me. Strauss, who graduated from Brown with a BA in psychology, runs a darkly comedic sprint through the forest of his OCD diagnosis, over the hills of falling in love and the valleys of using gray-market psychedelics to "cure" himself."
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KT Hawbaket

NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...The beauty and strength of Strauss’ performance is his willingness to allow the audience easy access into his cluttered mind. A comedian by trade, Strauss is funny but, more importantly, vulnerable. This is clearly a story that he feels needs to be told, for himself but also for others. That it ends with a glimmer of hope makes the evening ultimately an uplifting experience."
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Noel Schecter

WTTW - Recommended

"...Strauss, 44, slim and a bit scruffy, and younger looking than his age, possesses a razor sharp self-awareness and delivery despite all the chemical intake. And on a stage decorated with nothing but an ergonomic office chair and a small table full of glasses of water – he brings a series of scenes to vivid physical and emotional life."
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Hedy Weiss

Third Coast Review - Recommended

"...What is explored so well is Strauss' pervasive wrestling match with his own mental illness, an illness whose very nature allows him the systematic single-mindedness to search for some strategy, technique or miracle to cure it. Vacillating between hilarity, somberness and frantic moments, the audience can go on this ride with Strauss, finding in his mania for the "right" decision on which MP3 player to buy, or which side of the street is better to walk down, something familiar."
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Kim Campbell

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