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No Refund Theater Performing ‘Rabbit Hole’

No Refund Theater returns to the Flex Theater in the HUB to tell the story of a family who has been to hell and back. “Rabbit Hole” is about a family living in West Chester, New York, that is mourning the tragic loss of its 4-year-old son Danny. The show accurately portrays the grieving process on many different levels and the problems that can escalate between family members.

Directed by Christie Fisher with assistant directors Mike Good and Mia Nicolai, “Rabbit Hole” will have you welling with emotion as you follow the family as they try to rebuild their lives after things fall apart.

The plot mainly focuses around Becca and Howie Corbett, husband and wife and the parents of Danny. Becca, played by Amy Tizio, tries to make things normal again around the house as well as maintain a good relationship with her husband Howie, played by Colin Lester. However, their relationship becomes rocky at times since the two are coping differently, Howie wishing to preserve Danny’s memory as Becca begins to distance herself from it.

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Howie and Becca trying to keep a healthy marriage after the loss of their son.

Things also escalate as Becca’s disoriented sister Izzy, played by Lauren Spinabelli, becomes pregnant with a man she recently started seeing. Becca’s mother Nat, played by Amanda Rees, has constant opinions on the issue, and this causes the family to butt heads with each other throughout the story.

Lester describes the show as A+ and showed his love for the plot line as well as the characters, “Its very raw, it’s gritty and it doesn’t sugarcoat anything,” he said. “It’s a topic that I’ve never seen before in a play or really any medium. So I’m glad it’s addressed at a high level, it’s written very well and its structured very well.”

“Rabbit Hole” is geared to anyone who has coped with the loss of a loved one. It’s easy to relate to what the characters are mentally going through, however the story is told in a unique way and it keeps you following along from scene to scene. Tizio explained how this plot line is different from others she has performed in due to the intimate relationship the audience has with the characters.

“Looking into a family and how they deal with grief I feel like all families go through that at some point,” Tizio said. “Its so interesting to see the different dynamics, I think finding that with in yourself when you’re watching and being able to relate that’s one of the best parts.”

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Izzy and her mother Nat trying to help Becca cope.

“Rabbit Hole” will run from Thursday February 11 to Saturday February 13. Each show begins at 9 p.m. and admission is free.

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Shannon Fox

Shannon is a senior at Penn State majoring in Journalism and English. New York City born and Bucks County raised she often complains about State College's lack of good Italian restaurants. She is a lover of all things music and an avid football fan (just not the American kind) Toss her a follow on twitter @ShannonAudFox or Email her at [email protected]

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