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The Fall to Earth 

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., May 8, 2:30 p.m. Continues through May 14 2011
Phone: 262-5485
Price: $15 Adults; $12 students/seniors
The 2004 Chicago production of Joel Drake Johnson’s meditation on family bonds and a whole lot more drew critical accolades. The script presents only three characters in three scenes with a running time of 95 minutes, yet within those limited parameters the playwright packs a wallop: A mother and daughter come together to attend to some family business that is decidedly melancholy in nature, and are then befriended by a well-intentioned lady cop who gets caught in the verbal crossfire. Johnson mixes comedy with drama, yet his work has also been cited for its emotional riskiness. In that case, this GroundWorks Theatre regional premiere’s success — and infinite intrigue — will reside well with the cast, which features two of Nashville’s most respected players: Wesley Paine and Megan Murphy Chambers. Heather Webber plays the odd woman out, and A. Sean O’Connell directs.
— Martin Brady

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