January 27th, 2014 | by SAVANNAH WASSERMAN Arts & Books | Posted In: Theater

Fertile Ground Diaries: Therapy Hunger

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Therapy Hunger, written by Post5 Theatre's Cassandra Boice and directed by her husband Ty, takes a stab at addressing the perceived need for psychiatric drugs in today’s society. Boice plays a troubled young woman who visits a number of therapists for her problems, including A.D.D., O.C.D., bulimia, sexual insecurities and anxiety. Her therapists are made out to be buffoons who poke fun at her personal turmoil, prescribing her countless drugs to solve her issues. There are several funny moments, as when sex therapist (Chip Sherman) demonstrates how Boice can stretch her lady parts and talks to her “vuh-JEEN,” or when her A.D.D. therapist (Maya Seifel)—who seems to have A.D.D. herself—rambles excessively about her own life.

The 40-minute show, presented as part of the annual Fertile Ground festival, is emotionally intense, and for the last third we see doctors’ prescription forms scattered on the floor as the drugged-up characters sluggishly circle the stage and dance interpretively to low-pitched drumbeats. It’s clear from the start that Boice is voicing a strong and negative opinion about the potential harm of psychiatric drugs. It’s a message that Therapy Hunger thoroughly conveys, even if the closing choreography can be a bit heavy-handed—perhaps mimicking the numbing effect of the drugs themselves.

GO: Therapy Hunger is at 850 NE 81st Ave., 971-258-8584. 9:30 pm Thursday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday, Jan. 30-Feb. 2. $10. More info here.

Click here to read more Fertile Ground diaries.

 
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