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Rabbit Hole

a Drama
CATEGORY : DRAMA
by David Lindsay-Abaire

COMPANY : Centerstage North Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : The Art Place - Mountain View
ID# 5110

SHOWING : August 04, 2017 - August 12, 2017

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple 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 into the light of day.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Keith Kraft
Nat Shelley Barnett
Howie Keith Kraft
Lighting & Set Design John Parker Jr.
Becca Amanda Leigh Pickard
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REVIEWS

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Unmitigated Drama
by playgoer
Monday, August 7, 2017
4.0
When the same person acts as the director and star of a play, red flags are raised. When that director casts a spouse as the other lead, up goes another red flag. The possibility exists of a vanity project in which people unsuited for their roles are given the opportunity to take the stage and display their incompetence to the world. Thankfully, CenterStage North’s production of "Rabbit Hole" stays largely free of these issues.

That’s not to say the production is flawless. Director Keith Kraft hasn’t encouraged his cast to project over the air conditioning sounds in the auditorium, and he is the worst offender as Howie. Benja Petty as Jason tends to swallow the final words of his sentences. Sorsha Masters’ performance shows her inexperience onstage in subtle ways, although as a whole her stage debut is very promising. Mr. Kraft also seems a bit overwrought at times as Howie, which could have been tempered by an independent director’s eye.

The physical production is fine. John Parker’s set makes good use of the wide playing space, placing a kitchen stage left, a child’s bedroom up center, and the outside door up right. A few pieces of furniture downstage provide seating for the characters. Mr. Parker’s lighting and Amanda Leigh Kraft’s sound design provide appropriate transitions from one scene to the next. Heidi Botzong’s props populate the stage effectively, although this production (as in others I’ve seen) features rather aimless sorting of children’s toys in a pivotal scene.

The somber nature of Mr. Lindsay-Abaire’s script comes through strong and clear in this production. Some comedy is provided, primarily by Ms. Masters and by the warm and wonderful Shelly Barnett, but the whole proceedings are imbued with mournful tension. Mr. Petty’s tentative sweetness as the teenaged Jason balances Amanda Leigh Kraft’s quiet bitterness as Becca. Mr. Kraft’s rather unpleasant Howie tilts the production in favor of Becca as the central figure in the story. And Amanda Leigh Kraft holds the center beautifully as a Becca whose emotions play across her face with each phrase and turn of meaning. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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