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Falling A Play About Autism's Less "Fundraiser-Worthy" Side

Posted Oct 01 2012 12:00am

Falling Falling , written by Deanna Jent, is a play now running in New York, off Broadway.  Autism, like many difficult topics in America, is often sanitized  to the point of saccharine caricature.  Not Falling, which brings the audience into a home with a severely autistic man - an 18 year old boy.  Perhaps it's your home? (Photo Julia Murney and Daniel Everidge star in 'Falling,' now playing off-Broadway. / AP/David Gersten & Associates)

Here's part of the review from  The Asbury Park Press by Bill Canacci: Sometimes we need more than statistics to help us understand. That is likely why Deanna Jent wrote “Falling,” a powerful new play about how a couple copes with their 18-year-old autistic son.The numbers tell one side of the story: One in 88 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder. For boys, it’s 1 in 54.But in 75 minutes, Jent gives audiences a glimpse of what families touched by autism likely have to go through every day.

Here's the review in Newsday:

This sounds like a Lifetime movie, but don't be fooled. "Falling," which has practically crept into town from the Mustard Seed Theatre in St. Louis, is an unflinching and unsanitized drama about family life with a severely autistic 18-year-old boy.

Directed with enormous sensitivity and edge by Lori Adams, Deanna Jent's exhausting, strangely exhilarating new play deserves to be far more than a destination for autism fundraising benefits and people with personal investment in that isolating world.

Daniel Everidge feels real enough to be scary as Josh, the huge, increasingly dangerous child-man whose demands dominate the loving, frightened lives of his mother (Julia Murney, in a rare and heartfelt break from musical theater), his father (Daniel Pearce), his resentful teenage sister (Jacey Powers) and the grandmother (Celia Howard) still clinging to her faith. A brief fantasy scene is as shocking as it is expertly done.

WHAT "Falling"

Where Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane

INFO $39.50; 800-982-2787;

BOTTOM LINE Major play about autism and much more

Posted by Age of Autism at October 24, 2012 at 5:46 AM in Current Affairs , Dreams , Nightmares Permalink

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