Sunday, March 20, 2016

Rabbit Hole
Vintage Theatre Productions 
  3/11 4/17

      David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Rabbit Hole”  received  the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2007. A departure from his usual quirky comedies "Fuddy Meers” and “Kimberly Akimbo,"
Haley Johnson and John Hauser
 the playwright turns his attention to a family coming to terms with grief after the death of their young son.
     Every aspect of this production is so natural that one feels as though he were a member of the extended family present in their living room and privy to their grieving process. Bernie Cardell directs this Vintage Theatre production with fierce honesty.
     There are so many aspects of Mr. Cardell’s direction which one wishes to commend that it’s rather difficult to choose among them. Besides his excellent pacing and superb casting, this director has done so much more. Just one of those telling directorial touches is having delicious strawberry pies, crèmes caramels and birthday cakes engaging our eyes and (subliminally) our taste buds as  these people do everything possible to call back what once was the sweetness of Life.
    Thanks to the configuration of the Bond-Trimble Theatre one is allowed an intimacy with the characters. This is especially valuable in the scene in which Ms. Johnson and Ms. Persoff, the grieving grandmother of this child, go through the difficult process of sifting through the dead boy’s belongings in order to decide what to discard and what to hold on to.

     Led by a riveting portrayal by Haley Johnson, the compelling performances of Deborah Persoff, Marc Stith, Maggy Stacey and John Hauser conspire to invite us to an empathic participation in this exquisitely written and tenderly presented journey.

Vintage Theatre presents
"Rabbit Hole"
A life-shattering accident turns a couple’s world upside down.
March 11-April 17
Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Sun at 2:30 p.m.; Monday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m.
(No performance Sunday, March 27)
$24 - $30
303-856-7830 or online at
Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010

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