ENGAGING EXPLORATION OF HUMANITY
By David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Gaye Poole
presented by Carving in Ice
at Playhouse, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Hamilton
From 6 Nov 2012 to 10 Nov 2012
Reviewed by Ross MacLeod, 8 Nov 2012
There's an old apocryphal tale that earnest Hemmingway was once challenged to write a short story in six words, a challenge to which he rose to great effect. I was reminded of this story for several reasons when thinking about Rabbit Hole. The sharply crafted script loads its characters with intent and emotion; truths hinted at and words unsaid resonating every bit as strongly as those that do.
As the title suggests, there's a lot going on under the surface in Rabbit Hole, but in an emotional, not a metaphorical sense.
The premise of the show is on the surface simple and raw, a family dealing with the accidental death of their four year old son. But it is the layers of characters that play out in the story that give the show its strength. The script is naturalistic and genuine, heightened by the strong performances of the cast, such that you buy every word they are saying as something real and honest. [More]
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