ROBIN’S SHOW REVIEW & TICKET GIVEAWAY: FALLING
Falling, by Deanna Jent, is a new drama about how 18-year-old Josh, who has autism, affects the lives of everyone around him. When a relative comes to visit, the entire family is thrown off their equilibrium, with everyone trying to balance what is best for the family and what is best for them.
A painful subject, yet ultimately thought-provoking. For me, it brought up the notion of Door A vs. Door B. How things might feel with or without certain people or experiences in our lives…..and the power of unconditional love….especially that of a mother.
The acting is impressive. The cast has to dig deep, whether it be the physicality of their performance or the layers of emotion shared. Falling is a powerful theatrical experience and one you will not soon forget.
Falling takes us into the lives of Bill (Daniel Pearce) and Tami (Julia Murney) and their two children: normal teenager, Lisa (Jacey Powers), and a violent, imposing autistic son, Josh (Daniel Everidge). Bill’s mother, Grammy Sue (Celia Howard) comes to stay over and witnesses firsthand the exhaustion of everyday life for the family. The audience feels it as well.
Lori Adams directs a cast that features Daniel Everidge (Grease, Fat Camp); Celia Howard (Fortinbras, Signature Theatre); Daniel Pearce (Broadway: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Off-Broadway: Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play; King Lear, Measure for Measure; Henry V; Henry VI (NYSF/The Public Theater); The Picture of Dorian Gray (Irish Rep); A Mother, a Daughter, and a Gun (New World Stages); and Love’s Fire (Public Theater); Jacey Powers (Off-Broadway: The Shanghai Gesture, Our Town); and Julia Murney (Wicked, Lennon, Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party [Drama Desk nomination], The Vagina Monologues, A Class Act, Saved, Crimes of the Heart, Queen of the Mist, and Time and Again [Lucille Lortel nomination]).
Deanna Jent is the Artistic Director of Mustard Seed Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri, and a Professor of Theatre at Fontbonne University. Other writing for the stage includes adaptations of the novels Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis, and Imaginary Jesus by Matt Mikalatos. Falling was developed at Mustard Seed Theatre in the fall of 2011 and won the 2012 Kevin Kline Award for Best New Play. In addition, she won the Kevin Kline Award for Best Director of a Musical for her production of Godspell. Deanna is a free-lance director and a former theatre critic for the Riverfront Times.
Tickets from $39.50 are available at TicketMaster.com or by calling toll-free 800-982-2787. For more information, visit www.FallingPlay.com. It is playing at the Minetta Lane Theatre in NYC.
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