Shrink rally for ‘Cure’

Helmer strives for authenticity to avoid Jung, Freud police

It wasn’t because he or his cast needed therapy that director Gordon Davidson brought psychiatrists to rehearsals for “The Talking Cure.”

At the party following the Taper play’s opening Thursday night, Davidson bemoaned: “When I directed ‘Like Jazz’ last November, the jazz police came out and said, ‘That’s not jazz!’ ”

So this time, he had a Jungian shrink and others verify the authenticity of “Cure” to avoid “the Jung police and the Freud police.”

Another reason the “Cure” rang true: playwright Christopher Hampton got a look at the actual case notes for the patient involved in the story.

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