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  Falling at Athenaeum Theatre


Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Chicago

It takes a village, and then some. For Tami Martin, raising her 17-year-old severely autistic son Josh, is not only a full time job, it's a labor of love. But Josh's increasingly violent outbursts and pressure from her family threaten to drive Tami's efforts and her sanity to the brink.

Presented by Interrobang Theatre Project

Thru - Apr 16, 2017

Price: $24

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-935-6875

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  Falling Reviews
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Chicago Sun Times - Recommended

"...By the end of the first scene of Deanna Jent's "Falling," you'll be exhausted. Not because Interrobang Theatre's production of the 70-minute drama is tedious, but but because the playwright has so vividly depicted the morning routine of a family coping with a severely autistic 18-year-old. In the beleaguered Martin home, the simplest of tasks - putting on a back pack, turning on blender, getting out the door - are complex feats that require equal amounts of brute physical strength and relentless mental strategizing."
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Catey Sullivan

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...The turbulent situation is threatening to destroy Tami's marriage to her resolutely patient husband, Bill (Nick Freed), and to force the couple's 16-year-old daughter Lisa (Tristin Hall) to leave home and move in with Bill's zealously Christian mother (Heidi Katz). Sensitively directed by James Yost, this Interrobang Theatre Project Chicago premiere is an emotional roller coaster, played with impressive emotional authenticity."
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Albert Williams

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...But there's one special moment that lingers after seeing this production. Josh, who dislikes any human contact, has a particularly violent incident that is horrifying. But following it, after everything has returned to "normal," Tami tells her son that she needs a hug. Josh characteristically disregards his mother, but then lets Tami embrace him momentarily before moving away from her. In that few seconds, Tami is no longer the courageous mom of a special needs child. She's just a mother who's learned to love, even when it's hard. And these special, fleeting moments bring beauty into this difficult, yet magnificent play."
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Colin Douglas

   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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