October 30, 2008
David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Rabbit Hole,” directed by Professor of Theatre Arts & Dance Thomas Ouellette, is “a compelling piece of work that keeps you interested and entertained,” claims Rollins senior Sarah McWilliams. "Rabbit Hole" provides an honest look into the lives of a family struck by grief and the dynamics between each member.
In the production, characters Becca and Howie lose their young son, Danny, unexpectedly and are slammed into a world of sorrow while trying to function as a family once again. Each character deals with Danny’s loss in a different way. Becca, played by junior Emily Killian, makes it painful for the audience to feel her intense, grief-stricken emotions. She expresses her sadness by discarding every item that reminds her of Danny and distances herself from the ones she loves. Her husband, Howie, portrayed by senior Micheal Mastry, copes in a very different manner. He is attached to every memory of his son, including his dog, and is vocal about his emotions.
The delicate balance between humor and drama is what makes “Rabbit Hole” so powerful yet very entertaining. Junior Alex Richmond plays Becca's “chill” sister with a sarcastic attitude, but still remains real about her feelings. Sophomore Amanda Leakey is superb. She plays Nat, Becca’s outspoken mother, with the energy and personality that makes you laugh out loud.
Freshman Peter Travis’s first time on the Rollins stage is brilliant. His character, Jason, is a nerdy teenager struck with guilt. His nervousness seeps from the stage and into the audience’s heart. Jason reminds us that “if you accept the most basic laws of science” there is still comfort in the “never-ending stream of possibilities” of a “rabbit hole.”
For many of us struck by the death of a close family member, “Rabbit Hole” shows us that there is still hope. As Nat explains in the play, the grief never ends but it diminishes to “a brick in our pocket” that is present but sometimes you forget it is there.
By Ana Maia (Class of 2008)
“Rabbit Hole” opens on Thursday, October 30 from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. and runs until November 2. Shows are at 8 p.m. October 30 – November 1 and at 2 p.m. November 1 and 2.
This is a free event at the Fred Stone Theater.
Productions in the Second Stage Series are completely student produced. Seating is general admission; first come, first served. Performances are free!