“Rabbit Hole”

May 8-24
Midvale Main St. Theatre
7711 South Main St. Midvale, UT

JayC Stoddard, Director
Johnny Hebda, Producer

Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize

Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want. That is, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. “Rabbit Hole” charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day.

Becca, an executive-turned-stay-at-home mother, tries to redefine her existence in a surreal landscape of well-meaning family and friends. Painful, poignant, and often funny, Becca’s experiences lead her to find solace in a mysterious relationship with a troubled young comic-book artist, Jason, the teenage driver of the car that killed Danny, the couple’s son. Becca’s fixation with Jason pulls her away from memories of Danny, while Howie immerses himself in the past, seeking refuge in outsiders who offer him something Becca is unable to give. The Corbetts, both adrift, make surprising and dangerous choices as they choose a path that will determine their fate.

It is easy to miss the beauty of David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Rabbit Hole.” Somewhat old-fashioned in its structure, the play takes place almost entirely in one house. Conversations are everyday, peppered with occasional references to real people (John F. Kennedy Jr. and Matt Lauer are name-dropped). Time passage between scenes is minimal, with the most significant jump occurring during the intermission between Acts 1 and 2. Excluding a few minor theatrical touches, not much happens in “Rabbit Hole” in the way of big events. Yet its simplicity has been a crucial component in the accolades the play has received. In an age where the metatheatrical rules, “Rabbit Hole” tells a simple yet rich story about a family overcoming the death of their child. Significant events do happen in the play, of course; but Lindsay-Abaire’s presentation is so subtle that the audience does not see the shifts until they have already occurred.

“Rabbit Hole” presents a tragedy and its consequences with utter candor, and without sentimentality. The dialogue is most impressive for capturing the awkwardness and pain of thinking people faced with an unthinkable situation—and eventually, their capacity for survival, and even hope.”—USA Today 

“Grade: A! A transcendent and deeply affecting new play, which shifts perfectly from hilarity to grief.”—Entertainment Weekly 

“A drama that’s not just a departure but a revelation—an intensely emotional examination of grief, laced with wit, insightfulness, compassion, and searing honesty.”—Variety

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