David Lindsay-Abaire Biography


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David Lindsay-Abaire is not well-known for his serious writing. Part of the euphoric praise that greeted Rabbit Hole might be attributable to the view that the play is a significant departure from his earlier works. Prior to Rabbit Hole, Lindsay-Abaire’s most famous play was Fuddy Meers, a madcap farce full of absurd characters and ridiculous plot turns. While Fuddy Meers earned some significant plaudits, other critics where wholly turned off by the work. With Rabbit Hole, perhaps some commentators felt that the playwright had “grown up,” yet despite the tragic events it relates, Rabbit Hole is full of Lindsay-Abaire’s singular sense of humor. Following a successful run on Broadway and the equally successful regional productions that followed, Rabbit Hole was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2007. In addition to plays, Lindsay-Abaire has worked on several musicals as well. He penned the short-lived stage musical High Fidelity (based on the novel by Nick Hornby), and he is currently working on the musical adaptation of the incredibly popular animated film Shrek.