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The Dysmorphia Diet



This solo show presents itself as writer/performer Clay Nikiforuk’s account of her own struggle with eating disorders, although the program suggests it’s actually a composite story “borrowed and woven from a handful of people.” Perhaps that explains the show’s disappointing lack of insight into the complex social and psychological causes of anorexia and bulimia; instead, Nikiforuk blames her character’s issues on a kind of helpless hyper-suggestibility, an inexplicable willingness to lend credence to any criticism of her body, no matter how transparently unreliable or shallow the source. Comic scenes like a parade of online get-thin-quick snake-oil salesmen, or Nikiforuk’s phone call to “body tech support” are amusing, but don’t do much to deepen our understanding of this condition—or what it takes to recover from it. —Paul Matwychuk


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