The Mushroom Cure

By Andrew Andrews

Adam Strauss returns to New York to share his full-length story of coming to terms with OCD in The Mushroom Cure at Theatre 80 St. Marks. Original photo by David Allen.

You know what they say: good things come to those who wait.

When we first got wind of The Mushroom Cure, in which comic Adam Strauss recounts his attempt to treat his debilitating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with psychedelics, we were sadly unable to attend.

And when the press kept coming through about how great a show it was… well, that just added insult to injury.

Then, when Adam took the show to San Francisco while Michael Tyler took over his New York City performances, we thought we’d missed our chance to get the story straight from the horse’s mouth.

But Adam is back. And last night we finally got the opportunity to attend, and this time, we dropped everything else on our schedule to take it.

Now, looking back at our reviews, you might not guess that we’re totally aboard the storytelling bandwagon. But in between the plays and variety shows and other full-length performances that we’re most likely to review here, you’ll often find us at a show like Story Collider at Caveat (which is coming up this Tuesday, BTW), Adam Wade from New Hampshire, or even the famous Moth when we can get the tickets.

Like those series, Mushroom Cure is 100% a storytelling show, and Adam is an award-winning storyteller.

But this is a different kind of storytelling show: a single story, from a single teller, and a unique opportunity to get all of the back story and all of the details that your typical storyteller doesn’t have time to deliver in a show shared with half a dozen other people chomping at the bit for their turn on stage.

Yes, this is a story about mushrooms, and tripping, and the positive and negative experiences that come with it.

But listening to someone trying to explain what they saw and felt while tripping is only slightly more engaging than listening to a friend you know all-too-well recall a crazy dream they had the night before.

So this story is about much more than that: this is a story about a guy at the end of his rope, grasping to hang on, with the helping hand ready to save him always just inches beyond his reach.

Is there any more engaging story than that?

If you love a good story and you haven’t seen The Mushroom Cure yet, you’ve waited long enough and time is running out. So take a trip to Theatre 80 St. Marks while you still can, then come back here and share your favorite parts of Adam’s story.

Your reviews help others decide if the show is right for them, and your ratings help us help you find future performances you’re sure to love!


Andrew Andrews attended The Mushroom Cure at Theatre 80 St Marks in Manhattan on Friday, August 3, 2018 @ 12:34pm to write this review.