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Brittle comedy elevates soap-operatic plot to Pulitzer-worthy drama

Its plot, in summary, sounds like the synopsis of a Lifetime TV movie. Its accolades, which include a 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, give it a sheen of “importance.” But what’s significant about David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole is not its honors or its ability to rise above what sounds like a formulaic story. It is Lindsay-Abaire’s affecting use of humor in the face of tragedy that makes this a rare piece of theater. Its story, about the accidental death of a small child and its impact on a married couple, bristles with brittle comedy and with the kind of thoughtful dialogue one wishes real people used during dark times like these.
Fri., March 6, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 7, 8 p.m.; Sun., March 8, 2 p.m.; Thu., March 12, 7 p.m.; Fri., March 13, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 14, 8 p.m.; Sun., March 15, 2 p.m.; Wed., March 18, 7 p.m.; Thu., March 19, 7 p.m.; Fri., March 20, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 21, 8 p.m.; Sun., March 22, 2 p.m., 2009

 
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