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The Fall to Earth

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd Los Angeles

A meditation on family bonds and a whole lot more. JoBeth Williams stars in Chicago playwright Joel Drake Johnson's funny and harrowing play which examines the treacherous terrain of parent/child relationships, where everything changes, yet always stays the same.

Thru - Apr 1, 2012



Price: $25-$30

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 310-477-2055

Running Time: 90 minutes

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  Review Round-Up

Los Angeles Times - Recommended

"...“Fall” is an earlier play; its hairpin turns feel less organic and therefore less credible. Nevertheless, the production offers an occasion for its predominantly female creative team, led by Larsen, Williams and co-producer Roxanne Hart, to unleash their vivid talents."
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Charlotte Stoudt


LA Weekly - Not Recommended

"...The play opens with a 25-minute soft-shoe of issue-avoiding chit-chat between Williams’ Fay Schorsch and her estranged daughter, Rachel (Deborah Puette), so maddeningly mundane that by the time any real emotional fireworks do erupt — and any compelling clue emerges as to why the two women are sharing Tom Buderwitz’s photo-realist motel room set — it proves far too little and way too late for director Robin Larsen’s otherwise perfectly competent staging."
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Bill Raden


Backstage - Recommended

"...In the end, it’s the impeccable acting—particularly from the astonishing Williams—that makes this production worthwhile."
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Les Spindle


LAist - Not Recommended

"...Unfortunately it was a disappointment: while the acting is superb, the play is a misfire that lags and strains credulity in equal measure."
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Terry Morgan


Stage Scene LA - Recommended

"...There are times when a reviewer must decide that the less said, the better, and in this reviewer’s humble opinion, his colleagues have been giving away far too much about The Fall To Earth (recently opened at the Odyssey). Therefore, if this is the first time you’re reading about Joel Drake Johnson’s richly complex dramedy, read no further than this review. Trust me. This is one play you will want to be surprised by."
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Steven Stanley


StageHappenings.com - Recommended

"...This is a minor play, but the way Mr. Johnson stretches out his characters’ predicament is good drama and a good evening well played."
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Dale Reynolds


The Tolucan Times - Recommended

"...A strong theatrical offering in every aspect, this serious and emotional play … blessed with comedic moments, is mesmerizingly powerful!"
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Pat Taylor


ArtsBeatLA - Recommended

"...Emotionally labyrinthine, The Fall to Earth may not be a perfect play, but the fine performances from all may make up for any perceived deficiencies."
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Pauline Adamek


Total Theater - Recommended

"...Johnson’s tough, hard-driving play has been well-produced at the Odyssey; designer Tom Buderwitz’s generic motel-room is a splendid setting for the mayhem that takes place there; Robin Larsen’s direction is taut and incisive, and the three-person cast (with ghostly cameo by Ian Littleworth) works together with remarkable skill and power."
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Willard Manus


Culture Spot LA - Recommended

"...JoBeth Williams rivets the audience and commands the stage as the grieving mother in playwright Joel Drake Johnson’s latest, “The Fall to Earth,” currently receiving its West Coast premiere at the Odyssey Theatre."
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Gil Kaan



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