Fringe Review: How to Fake Clinical Depression

Sometimes a morality play comes in sheep’s clothing. Steven Marrocco’s very humorous play has the subtle moral tone that condemns both drug companies for making profit on the backs of the ill, and society for looking for the quick fix to life’s problems. Steve was his own example of looking for a quick fix to meet his need for a new bass. He see the impact of his quest for an easy answer. He sees what the drugs are doing to himself, and he sees that his greed is also holding back the development of the drugs for people who really need them. What seemed most interesting is he also sees what a crutch the drugs have become to his family. Morality wins out when he makes the choice to come clean. He learns his lesson that gimmicks are not going to land a TV deal, or buy him a quick fix to all of his desires.

Steve’s stories are very funny, but if you know life as an actor in LA or you know the terminology used by actors (callbacks, dailies, etc) you’ll get more of the excellent structure he lays on his story.

I would like to have seen him in a different space. The Art Academy is a difficult space to use for his type of show. The white walls there are hard to escape. That worked to help Calculus, but doesn’t help here.

Finally, read his 10 ten in the Enquirer, hilarious.

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