Gemma @ 'Neurosis' - I eat my egg rolls first

What's it about?

Neurosis is a modern musical about falling in love while dealing with that little voice in your head.

Note: Neurosis is a class of functional mental disorders involving chronic distress but neither delusions nor hallucinations.

My experience.

Full disclosure: I straight up thought that Andy Samberg, as in "I'm On A Boat" Andy Samberg, was the director of this show, and that's the primary reason I wanted to see it.


Then I found out as I was reading the program that the actual director is a guy named Andy Sandberg, who is like, a totally different person that I had never heard of.

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But, overall glad about the mix-up, because otherwise I might never have decided to see the show.

Frank met Abby, and while they both liked each other immediately, they allowed their neuroses (aptly named Neurosis and Neurosalina) to get in the way of a potentially good thing. That is, until they each decided to just rock their neurosis like a dope outfit, accepting it as a piece of their personhood, not necessarily a character flaw, but just one part that made up the whole. 

In one of the most hilariously honest moments of the musical, Frank revealed to Abby that he was very insecure about his sexual performance. She replied that she based a lot of her self worth on the responses she received on social media. Once the two communicated instead of suppressing, their relationship was infinitely better. 

So, just like Frank and Abby, this is me taking ownership of my neurosis:

I can't handle people touching my face. That honestly even includes me unless I'm in the shower or have just washed my hands. I guess it stems from my dermatologist mentioning that bacteria on my hands could very easily transfer to my face and cause breakouts. And since I've been struggling with acne since puberty, I go out of my way to avoid it. So, don't touch my face pls.

While I always wash my hands after using the bathroom, I almost never wash my hands before eating and almost always wash my hands after eating. I hate when my hands smell like the food I've just eaten, or if they are stained from grease or oil from my meal. I have an order to eating most foods, and especially Chinese food. I order the same thing nearly every time: Chicken with broccoli, white rice, and an egg roll. Now, I usually will eat the egg roll first, then the broccoli, then the chicken, saving all of the rice for last, and then of course washing everything down with water.

Editor's (Christine): The level of extra...not all heroes wear capes....

If I'm watching a movie or TV show and I see characters go underwater for any reason, I will hold my breath with the characters just to see if I can do it - usually can't.

Unless I get regular manicures, I bite my nails all the time. And since I'm broke, I basically just constantly bite my nails.

At all times, I have to be doing something with my hands. I am a textbook fidgeter. If I am holding a paper or napkin, rest assured that I will promptly fold it up and rip it into little squares. For this reason, my desks at every job I have ever had have consistently contained a toy supply that would satisfy your average child. Fidget spinners, stress balls, slinkies, Silly Putty, you name it - I have it.

I am a hoarder of memories. I have saved every journal, notebook, ticket, playbill, birthday card, letter, or any other physical memento you could think of from the age of 12 on. It began as a little scrapbook and now it's gotten to the point where I have entire bags and drawers filled with these scraps. And I can't bear to part with them!

You know the train station on 57th Street and 7th Avenue for the N, W or Q train? Well, the tiles on the walls of the station feature the names of celebrities and artists. One of the tiles displays the name of former NYC mayor, Fiorello H. LaGuardia. Every time I leave this station and walk past this tile, I have to touch it. I look at it as honoring my high school, which was named after Mayor LaGuardia. But the thing is I have been doing this for so long that now I have practically convinced myself that something bad will happen if I walk by the tile without touching it. It's just one of my things. I used to try to play it off casually and just run my hand along the wall as I was walking out of the station, so I could touch the LaGuardia tile without people seeing and thinking I'm nuts.

But at this point, I'm kind of past caring. And if anyone does care, they are not somebody that I need to have in my orbit.

Side note!! I HIGHLY recommend and relate to @neurosisthemusical's Instagram, particularly their Tuesday Ticks series:

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