Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Study of Family Balance Falling Down a Hole; FIRST NIGHT

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Study of Family Balance Falling Down a Hole; FIRST NIGHT

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Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS

RABBIT HOLE Hampstead Theatre, NW3 HAMPSTEAD Theatre had a success two years ago with David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People, an acerbic play about money and social class.

Now director Edward Hall is showcasing one of the Boston native's earlier pieces -- a portrait of a family frozen by grief.

Suburban couple Becca and Howie are struggling to deal with the loss of their four-year-old son Danny.

When we first see Becca she is neatly folding the laundry -- items from Danny's wardrobe that she plans to donate to charity.

The news that her sister Izzy is pregnant suggests another destination for these old clothes but it is a revelation that stings Becca. Claire Skinner is superb as this isolated figure, capturing the fussiness of her endless cooking and her obsession with removing any sign of Danny from her home.

Tom Goodman-Hill's Howie is no less tortured by their loss but takes what he thinks is a more openminded approach, trying to rekindle physical intimacy and replaying old video footage of Danny. …

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