A childs death clouds the atmosphere of David Lindsay-Abaires Rabbit Hole. Even so, the show shimmers with the very heartbeat of life as it focuses on Becca and Howie, a couple struggling to recover from the death of their son Danny. The husband and wife, along with an aunt and a grandmother, must plow through the dark terrain of grief and guilt as they come together only to move apart in the quiet dance of rituals dealing with the dead including the packing-up of Dannys belongings. (When her husband picks up a tiny shoe and momentarily freezes, Becca tells him, Dont. Quick and clean, like a Band-Aid. Otherwise, wed never get through it.) Ben Brantley of The New York Times said the Pulitzer Prize-winning play doesnt so much jerk tears as tap them, from a reservoir of feelings common to anyone who has experienced the landscape-shifting vacuum left by a death in the family. 3 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through March 22. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway. For information, call 713-527-0123 or visit www.stagestheatre.com. $30.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Feb. 27. Continues through March 15, 2009