Psychedelics combat psychological issues at the Marsh – SFGate

Posted: May 2, 2017 at 11:13 pm

Photo: Dixie Sheridan, The Marsh

Adam Strauss in The Mushroom Cure at the Marsh.

Adam Strauss in The Mushroom Cure at the Marsh.

Psychedelics combat psychological issues at the Marsh

If you suffer from OCD or know someone who does, the portrait of the disease that Adam Strauss paints in his solo show The Mushroom Cure will ring all too true. Even trivial decisions are impossible, so paralyzing as to imperil ones career and love life, not to mention ones happiness. Treatments? Hed tried them all: medication, psychotherapy, yoga, acupuncture, even hypnotism.

Except hallucinogenic mushrooms.

After acclaimed runs at the New York Fringe and off-Broadway, Strauss account of his unusual OCD treatment is now in previews at the Marsh, under the direction of Jonathan Libman.

Even though OCD is a mind-numbing condition, and Strauss doesnt shy away from that, his script reads like stand-up comedy, which is part of his background. Despite all this effort spent on picking the right shirt, he says at one point, I still havent found the right woman.

Lily Janiak

The Mushroom Cure: 8 p.m. Friday, May 5; 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Through June 3. $20-$100. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F. (415) 282-3055. http://www.themarsh.org

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