Rabbit Hole

  • Date:
    February 1, 2006

    Written by: David Lindsay-Abaire.
    Directed by: Daniel Sullivan
    Cast: Tyne Daly (Nat), John Gallagher Jr. (Jason), Mary Catherine Garrison (Izzy), Cynthia Nixon (Becca), and John Slattery (Howie)
    Synopsis: The Corbetts have everything a family could want, until the day their world is turned upside down. In the aftermath of a tragic accident, a young husband and wife find themselves 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 up into the light of day.
     

    What the critics had to say.....

    BEN BRANTLEY of the NEW YORK TIMES says �Inspires such copious weeping among its audience that you wonder early on if you should have taken a life jacket. Do your best, though, to keep your eyes clear. Otherwise, you might miss some of the most revealingly nuanced acting to be seen on a stage or screen this year.�
    CLIVE BARNES of THE NEW YORK POST says "Cast as a traumatized Westchester housewife, Cynthia Nixon demonstrates once more that she's among the most rewardingly nuanced stage actresses of her generation. Unfortunately, the play itself � which reveals bit by careful bit the tragedy that has engulfed a fairly commonplace suburban couple � soon develops into a dramatized agony column. "
    HOWARD KISSEL of the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS says "With a top-flight cast, including Cynthia Nixon and Tyne Daly, and Daniel Sullivan directing, "Rabbit Hole" ought to have been a powerhouse evening. I'm afraid I found it more like a TV Movie of the Week."
    ELYSA GARDNER of the USA TODAY says "Almost unbearable to watch at times is its insistence on presenting a tragedy and its consequences with utter candor, and without sentimentality. I don't frequently advise people to pay good money to have their hearts broken, but trust me on this one."
    MICHAEL SOMMERS of STAR-LEDGER says "So deeply sad in nature and mood that it's difficult to imagine many people wanting to experience the play, despite the excellence of director Daniel Sullivan's Manhattan Theatre Club premiere. It's simply all too true to bear easily. "
    MICHAEL FEINGOLD of the VILLAGE VOICE says "Rabbit Hole is an honorable, decent, and decently gripping play, but a play can be too terse, too quiet, too compassionate. Lindsay-Abaire presumably wanted to avoid the subject's potential for cheap TV-movie histrionics, and he mostly does, gratifyingly. But a degree of dramatic excitement, plus a certain amount of substance, has drained off with them."
    JACQUES LE SOURD of JOURNAL NEWS says "He (Lindsay-Abaire) just monotonously bangs the gong of Becca's depression over and over and over, past the intermission and pretty well until the final curtain, so that the play seems like a straight line of unrelieved gloom. It may leave you with a mild headache."
    ROMA TORRE of NY1 says "The play earnestly sets out to dramatize the family's emotional devastation, but it never wholly succeeds. Lindsay-Abaire's overly subtle writing and avoidance of any climactic confrontations robs his characters and the audience of a much needed catharsis."
    LINDA WINER of NEwSDAY says "This is a glum little play, a predictable domestic melodrama that adds nothing but fine acting to the cumulated understanding of inexplicable loss."
    MICHAEL KUCHWARA of ASSOCIATED PRESS says "In his past, more comic plays, Lindsay-Abaire has often been accused of overdosing on aggressive cuteness and whimsey, anchoring his works in a strident unreality. That charge can't be made against "Rabbit Hole," a remarkable, affecting redirection of his considerable talent. "
    FRANK SCHECK of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER says "A serious, heartfelt drama about a couple coping with the loss of their young child. Unfortunately, the results are somewhat lacking, displaying an unfortunate banality more suited for a television movie."

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