Jim Holmes, Kanata Theatre

There is a sense of puzzlement in the title of Kanata Theatre’s upcoming show.

For some, Rabbit Hole will conjure up images of Alice in Wonderland. Alice, you will remember, enters a world of chaos and confusion when she ventures “down the rabbit hole”. Or as one commentator put it, “everything went crazy”. For some it is a metaphor for adventure into the unknown.

Subtler forces are at play in David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer award winning play. His rabbit hole comes from a children’s story, The Runaway Bunny, and leads to a parallel universe-an infinite universe in which each person can find alternate versions of himself or herself.

There can be happy versions of sad persons, for example. It is this discovery by Becca (played by Chrissy Hollands) that makes Rabbit Hole an ultimately happy play in spite of its seemingly sad circumstances.

Rabbit Hole gives shape and meaning to a definition of grief by another playwright in another time in these words spoken by Constance in Shakespeare’s King John:

“Grief fills the room up of my absent child,

Lies in his bed, walks up and down with me,

Puts on his pretty looks, repeats his words,

Remembers me of all his gracious parts,

Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form.”

David Lindsay-Abaire has scored triumphs with his two most recent hits and can fairly be described as one of the hottest playwrights in the business. In addition to its Pulitzer, Rabbit Hole was the platform for a Tony Award for Cynthia Nixon. His more recent play, Good People, earned for Frances McDormand a Tony.


Kanata Theatre’s production is directed by Brooke Keneford. It features Chrissy Hollands as Becca Corbett, Rosemary Keneford as Nat, Susan Nugent as Izzy, Tim Mabey as Howie Corbett, and Jordan Campbell as Jason Willette.

Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire runs in the Ron Maslin Playhouse 1 Ron Maslin Way, just off Terry Fox, Tuesdays to Saturdays February 5 to 9 and February 12 to 16. Tickets are $20. Curtain is at 8 pm sharp. The Box Office number is 613 831 4435. For more information visit kanatatheatre.com