Falling, by Deanna Jent is one of the best plays I've seen. Gripping, emotional, enthralling, and magnificently acted, Falling is an original, brand-new play which explores the reality of one family living with an autistic child and what happens when a visiting relative shakes up the family dynamic.
I cried, I laughed, but most of all, I was inspired. It was great to see a fresh piece of theatre by a new playwright. An extraordinary cast that featured Daniel Everidge, Julia Murney, Jacey Powers, Daniel Pearce, and Celia Howard really brought Falling to life. Daniel and Julia blew me away with their strong performances. Daniel portrayed "Josh," the child with autism, while Julia played "Tami," "Josh's" mother. They embodied their characters. I had seen both Daniel and Julia in musicals before, but their turn in Falling makes me hope they both get to star in more plays. I am in awe of their talent. Both of them are a tour de force in this show. Rounding out the cast were Daniel Pearce as "Bill," "Josh's" dad, Jacey Powers as "Lisa," "Josh's" sister, and Celia Howard, "Grammy Sue," all of whom gave wonderful performances, especially when given their turn in the spotlight to really shine.
Deanna has written a show from her heart. She did not sugar coat or hold back on what this family has gone through. The emotion is there front and center and I applaud Deanna for writing such a strong and raw play. I'm sure this show has helped countless families in it's all, but too brief run.
With only 4 performances left, Falling closes this Sunday, December 30. If you want to see what a theatrical show should be, go see Falling at the Minetta Lane Theatre (18 Minetta Lane) in NYC. Click here for tickets!