RABBIT HOLE

Don’t MISS IT.

BOB: TheaterWorks Hartford has a Pulitzer Prize winning play called The Rabbit Hole on its stage. It’s a play about loss and hope by David Lindsay-Abaire.

KAREN: We saw this play in New York and loved it. This production is wonderful.

BOB: In some ways it is better than the New York production.

KAREN: I think because the theater is smaller, it is in some ways more intimate. First of all Theater Works Hartford – if you haven’t been to it you should go.

BOB: They continually do great things.

KAREN: Outstanding work. Rabbit Hole is about a couple Becca and Howard who seem to have had everything they could possibly want in live until fate shatters their happy home and leaves them drifting apart.

BOB: The fate is that their only son – three or four years old is killed after being hit by a car near their own house.

KAREN: Each grieves in his or her own way. And we know that. The death of child often destroys a marriage because the two deal with so differently.

BOB: In this case you have them dealing differently. Howard is preserving the child’s memory in the house and resents that Becca suggests they move, is putting away the child’s clothes and toys and even – accidently tapes over a VCR of the boy taken shortly before he dies. Both are in a way preserving his memory.

KAREN: She even had him give away the dog – after all the little boy was chasing the dog when the accident happened. You add in some family members – her sister who is very ditzy who announces she is pregnant – like 9 months after the death; her mother

BOB: who is a controlling woman

KAREN: and she also keeps talking about the death of her son – their brother – which was as an adult. And then you add into the mix the teenage boy who was driving the car and is also grieving and seeking closure.

BOB: That’s what they are all doing. I have to tell you as you are watching you are wondering how this is going to end? Are they going to make it as a couple? But they do find peace and come back to each other.

KAREN: This is moving piece – I know the subject matter sounds depressing – but this is a moving piece that is spectacularly acted and directed

BOB: beautifully directed by Rob Ruggiero.

KAREN: The woman playing Becca, Erika Rolfsrud, was the stand by for the New York production. The entire cast is terrific.

BOB: I liked Jo Twiss, who played the mother better than Tyne Daley in the New York production.

KAREN: She had more warmth.

BOB: Tyne Daley was more abrasive.

KAREN: This is a wonderfully moving play. Go see it at Theater Works Hartford. It runs through July 20.

BOB: It’s a brilliant observation of social issues.

KAREN: Don’t miss it.

Ran June 28 to July 7, 2008 on WNHU—88.7 FM and www.WNHU.net.

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