Reviews - Fringe 2015

Fringe 2015 Review: The Rabbit Done Died

By Dawn Cattapan
Published July 18, 2015

The Rabbit Done Died is about abortion; or rather, the decision of a woman to have an abortion or not, and the consequences that may follow.

Based on in-person interviews and first-hand accounts from the 1950s, Rose Hopkins of Mooncalf Theatre provides a powerful exploration of a topic that can be controversial by today's standards, leaving the audience to imagine the discomfort that the topic may have caused over 50 years ago.

In blocking and in dialogue (with the audience as her silent partner) she approaches each fragment of the performance with comfort and confidence that only a Stepford Wife is capable of; including a hidden element of surprise and secrecy.

At 20 minutes long, this play is not fully formed. However, it has unbridled potential, which in itself is a reason to attend any of its other shows.

The character and feelings that Rose Hopkins creates are very real and it is easy to empathize with the emotional journey that she travels on, while wondering what other emotions and stories may be hiding behind her perfectly coiffed hair and pearl necklace.

It is my hope that Rose and Mooncalf Theatre will continue to workshop and build upon this production and take advantage of the potential that it offers. This is definitely worth seeing.

Dawn Cattapan is an arts management and communications professional who is currently working with Green Venture. The former Executive Director of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra and Education Manager for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, she is particularly interested in the potential of the Hamilton arts community. In her spare time, Dawn is an active yogi, burrito aficionado and can be found on Twitter @dcattapan.


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