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How to Fake Clinical Depression
Presented by Daydream Productions

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Reviewed: 2008-07-22 18:12:18
By: Leila Marston (primordialmuse@gmail.com)

For the title and the implication of a scathing condemnation of "Big Pharma Hell", I expected a dark, piercing comedy; instead, Steven Marrocco's script is a light tale, quite amusing in some moments and peculiarly topical in others.

How to Fake Clinical Depression is the story of a man who sets out to trick the pharmaceutical industry for money and is instead himself tricked when the drug's side effects begin to ruin his life.  Marrocco's character is calm, friendly, and precise at all times; I would have liked grittier writing and a more emotional delivery as the play progressed, to show a greater contrast between the man who began the study and the man who ended it.

Despite that concern, this is still a solid one-man show; Marrocco especially shines in physical comedy and is energetic and poised throughout.  He creates many characters of different ethnicities and genders with rapid-fire skill and moves through even deliberately gawky dances with a lightness that approaches weightlessness.

This is a good offering by a clearly focused, able performer, and it's best attended by a viewer who would like to see an amusing story, rather than a biting social commentary.

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