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Last Updated on May 6, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 121

The mostly positive responses that greeted Rabbit Hole often praise it on similar terms: its ability to juxtapose heartfelt emotion with moments of incredible humor. While no one would ever call Rabbit Hole a comedy about grief, it is a play that shows how close comedy and tragedy really are....

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The mostly positive responses that greeted Rabbit Hole often praise it on similar terms: its ability to juxtapose heartfelt emotion with moments of incredible humor. While no one would ever call Rabbit Hole a comedy about grief, it is a play that shows how close comedy and tragedy really are. In many ways, what makes it bearable to watch Becca and Howie work through their grief is the liberal amount of humor Lindsay-Abaire has included in the script. Often, reviewers cite the comedy as enhancing the tragic emotions of the play rather than detracting from them. In a sense, the audience can more keenly feel the characters’ pain because they are trying so hard to find the laughter in their situation.

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