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“The Mushroom Cure”: Comedic Insights in an Anxious World, at The Marsh, S.F.

“The Mushroom Cure”: Comedic Insights in an Anxious World, at The Marsh, S.F.

Millennial Notes Adam Strauss’s Epic Personal Story of Psychedelic Quest by Rudy Namikis For those who are experienced trippers or curious about the mystic world of psychedelics, Adam Strauss paints a vivid portrait of one man’s personal experience in the wide realm of mind-altering drugs and how they play with the demons of insanity. Strauss, a New York stand-up comedian, delivers a first-hand narrative of obsessive-compulsive thoughts, switching between two choices with increasing rapidity. Does he walk on this side…

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“Edward King” Channels Greeks in Comic Mode, at Central Works, Berkeley

“Edward King” Channels Greeks in Comic Mode, at Central Works, Berkeley

Garry Graves Goes Subterranean, Seeking Strange Fungus by Barry David Horwitz What is Gary Graves’ “Edward King” really about? What does the voluble Edward King (the vital John Patrick Moore) tell us about having a job, a wife, a mortgage, and a kid away at school in today’s America? Well, the news is not good—the U.S. mailman is over-extended, under water in debt, and overburdened by the obstacles of living a working life in 2017. Off-stage forces control him—and they…

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“The Mushroom Cure”: A Hilarious Ride through OCD, at The Marsh, S.F.

“The Mushroom Cure”: A Hilarious Ride through OCD, at The Marsh, S.F.

Adam Strauss Takes Us on a Fabulous, Perceptive Trip! by Kevin Marley and Barry David Horwitz We find comedians a trip. Now imagine a tripping comedian. Adam Strauss brings his New York Fringe Festival Award-winning “Mushroom Cure” show to The Marsh—and he is laugh out-loud funny. Adam opens our “doors of perception,” with the stories of his suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which he recounts with great good humor and charm. After we hear about his distressing experiences with perfectionism…

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“The Events”: Shock and Terror at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

“The Events”: Shock and Terror at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

David Grieg Exposes Our Innermost Fears by Robert M. Gardner Caleb Cabrera (The Boy) is a wild force of nature. A lithe, seething, multi-faceted actor, Cabrera moves as easily across the stage as he does from character to character. The play opens with the Boy speaking from his perch off-stage as an innocent aborigine, speaking to an unseen trio of ships full of convicts.  The scene changes when he enters and engages the vicar, Claire (the dynamic Julia McNeal) and…

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