Fringe Fest Coverage

“DEPRESSION: THE MUSICAL”

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When I was a young lad, if I didn’t hear it from my mother, I probably heard it from a librarian or two: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Unlike other lessons (“Patience is a virtue,” for example), this one stuck with me over the years and to this day, I try not to judge books—or anyone, for that matter—by their external appearances. When I told my friends and coworkers that I would be seeing a Fringe show called Depression: The Musical, I was met with some interesting responses that reminded me of this idiom, the most common question being, “Is it a comedy?”

Let’s be honest: most people would not necessarily attend a show called Depression: The Musical expecting to feel uplifted or inspired by the show’s end. But I have to say that after going into it with an open mind, this autobiographical pop-rock musical took me by surprise in the best of ways.

Depression: The Musical is currently playing in the Flamboyan Theatre at the Clemente as part of the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival. Get your tickets now!

Josh Conrad is an actor, author, and artist currently living in NYC. His debut YA novel, CyberWorld: The Legend of Alaxeria, is available as an e-book on Amazon and BN.com. www.jconartist.com

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