What Is the Story of Falling?
Josh is a severely autistic 18-year-old with violent tendencies. His parents, Tami and Bill, have worked hard to create a safe and happy life for Josh and his younger sister, Lisa. But when Bill's mother elderly mother comes to visit, the family's carefully constructed routine is thrown into a tailspin. Each character is compelled to examine what he or she needs and wants out of life, and how Josh's presence will affect their future. Falling explores the joys and challenges of raising a child with disabilities.
Murney, who's best known for singing roles in shows like 'Wicked,' more than rises to the occasion of playing the frayed-nerved Tami, and Everidge ('Fat Camp') disappears into his role as Joshua, making the character in turn repellent and lovable.Review by Stephan Lee from Entertainment Weekly
Superbly staged by Lori Adams and wonderfully acted—Murney is gut-wrenching as a mother who sacrifices her happiness for a son who barely acknowledges her presence—'Falling' soars.Review by Frank Scheck from The New York Post
What Is Falling Like?
Falling is a delicate one-act play that balances the real-life drama and subtle comedy of raising a disabled child. Deanna Jent's play offers an honest and realistic look at a struggling but loving family. There are moments of intense drama juxtaposed with scenes of fantasy. The five-person cast is led by Broadway veterans Julia Murney and Daniel Everidge, who enact the play's mother/son relationship with great sensitivity. The show is structured to make audiences laugh and cry.
Is Falling Good for Kids?
Falling is appropriate for older children and adults with disabilities. There some alcohol use, adult language and brief, harrowing scenes of violence, but overall the play is both educational and honest in its depiction of a family dealing with severe autism.