You’ve got your 12 Miles West, your Pushcart Players, your Luna Stage, your Alliance Rep, your Studio Playhouse and now…. your newest entrant to Essex County theater scene, The Mental Health Players.
Yes, if you haven’t been spending enough time on the New York City subways and you really need a fix of, say, paranoid schizophrenia, just call The Mental Health Players and they’ll put on a show.
Essex County did, and the Players, who are based in Verona, will be taking their act to county offices, to teach welfare, parks and corrections employees what to do when they see people curled up in the fetal position and calling for Mommy. We know, we know. This is a good program and blah blah blah, but every once in a while we have to ask ourselves WWJSD (What Would Jon Stewart Do?) and we really had no choice.

6 replies on “And for an Encore, Tourette’s Syndrome!”

  1. You know, you don’t have to agree with every friggin’ program that comes down the road just because its backers say it “helps people”. Sometimes they really are just plain stupid. This sounds like one of those. Ask yourself, how is this better than, say, a pamphlet?

  2. I’m a big proponent of book learning, but there are some things you can only understand experientially. Just think of the benefits of role-playing. Anyway, not a stupid thing at all.

  3. What’s a Barista to do? Or, this is a job for the Mental Health Players?
    Java drinkers risk painful day after joe-free morning
    Study: A little caffeine can become addictive
    Thursday, September 30, 2004
    Star-Ledger Staff
    Don’t be surprised if missing that cup of morning coffee gives you a headache or makes it difficult to concentrate at work. It’s all part of caffeine withdrawal, explained researchers at Johns Hopkins University yesterday, in releasing a study that could result in the condition’s being officially classified as a mental disorder.
    In the most comprehensive review and analysis of the effects of caffeine abstinence in humans published to date, the researchers conclude that as little as one small cup of coffee daily can produce caffeine addiction.
    In general, the more caffeine consumed, the more severe withdrawal symptoms will be, with some people even reporting depression and flu-like illness including nausea, vomiting and muscle pain.
    Results of the study could result in caffeine withdrawal’s inclusion in the next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM — considered the bible of the psychiatric profession.
    The rest at

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