PHYSICAL looks at the destructive, inner turmoil of a “quiet, unassuming” housewife who discovers the joy of aerobic exercise. It changes her life and takes her on a completely different path. 

Sheila (Rose Byrne) is an expert at hiding her true feelings. So, she “eats” them in the form of a bulimic lifestyle. There are many desperate moments when Sheila strives to take control but is continually knocked to the ground by that mean, nasty voice she hears in her head. It is raw, realistic, and ridiculously true to what many women are saying to themselves inwardly, all while pleasantly smiling to your face. PHYSICAL shines a light on this insidious disease and the plight of an addictive personality. The writers do this all while sharing moments of dark humor about marriages gone wrong, “mommy” issues, and the inability to really connect with ordinary people. 

PHYSICAL packs a powerful ensemble cast as well. Kudos to Danny (Rory Scovel), Greta (Dierdre Friel), and John (Paul Sparks). They take my breath away with the scope of their honest portrayals. Together they all create a look at what might happen behind closed doors. It is a strong second season, to be sure. 

PHYSICAL is not for those who want light entertainment. It is there for all of us who are realists and want the truth about those tough, damaging choices.

It is available to stream on APPLE TV+.

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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