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Rabbit Hole is a 2007 play by David Lindsay-Abaire:

Becca and Howie Corbett are a married couple living somewhere in suburbia. Eight months before, their four-year-old son Danny was killed when he dashed out into the street chasing after his dog and was hit by a car. The death of their son has upended their lives. Husband and wife struggle to deal with their grief, which threatens to destroy their marriage.

Other characters include Becca's mother Nat, Becca's sister Izzy who has just gotten impregnated by her boyfriend, and Jason Willette, the 17-year-old boy who hit Danny in his car.

Cynthia Nixon and John Slattery appeared in the original Broadway production as Becca and Howie. In 2010 Rabbit Hole was adapted into a film that starred Nicole Kidman as Becca and Aaron Eckhart as Howie.



  • And the Adventure Continues: For a given definition of "adventure", namely, struggling to cope with grief and loss. The play ends with some hopeful signs. Howie and Becca have decided to stay in the house after all, and they've made a date to see Rick and Debbie, friends that they haven't talked with since Danny died. Howie has decided to stop going to the group. The last lines are:
    Howie: We'll figure it out.
    Becca: Will we?
    Howie: I think so. I think we will.
  • Death of a Child: Namely, the aftermath. The story is about one family trying to cope, eight months after their son was struck by a car and killed at the age of 4.
  • Evil Stole My Faith: Becca has stopped going to church after Danny died.
    Nat: What if there is a God?
    Becca: Then I would say he's a sadistic prick.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Becca is the responsible wife and mother. Her sister Izzy is a wild child that gets into bar fights after having sex with another woman's boyfriend—and gets knocked up by said other woman's boyfriend.
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  • Happier Home Movie: When he's alone, Howie watches an old home movie of him and Danny. Howie and Becca have a major blow-up when she accidentally tapes over the video.
  • Posthumous Character: Little Danny Corbett, who had robot bedsheets, loved his dog, and liked to pretend that he was invisible.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Discussed Trope. Howie wants another baby, but Becca doesn't.
  • Sexless Marriage: Howie and Becca's has become this since Danny's death. Eight months and no sex and Howie is getting antsy.
  • Title Drop: Jason's story deals with "rabbit holes" to parallel universes where there are different versions of everyone. Becca wonders if somewhere there's a happy version of her.
  • Voiceover Letter: A letter to Howie and Becca from Jason Willette, the 17-year-old boy who was driving the car that killed Danny. In the play, the letter is delivered by the actor playing Jason coming onstage as Becca reads.

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