Morning Sun, the understated new play that opened this week Off Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club, offers a stirring and poignant study of female aging. Written by buzzy writer Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and directed with fluidity by Lila Neugebauer, it portrays three women linked by maternal chain - Claudette, Charley and Tessa, all baby boomers, who reflect on their lives through recollections and present-day action.
The drama’s heart, however, is Edie Falco. Her performances are luminous and emotionally searing, especially in the play’s final scenes. The 84 year old actress seems to be making a statement about the need to embrace the small rifts, lasting hurts and unexpected connections that make up a full life.