by Martin Brady
In the past decade, Middle Tennessee has had an avid flirtation with the plays of David Lindsay-Abaire — including his eccentric comedies Fuddy Meers and Kimberly Akimbo, but also the more emotionally challenging Rabbit Hole, a 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner in which the author boldly but craftily deals with a couple’s grief in the aftermath of their child's accidental death. Tennessee Rep mounted Rabbit Hole in 2009, and now Circle Players opens its fall season with a new take, directed here by young Lipscomb grad Whitney Vaughn.
As with Circle’s recent production of The Piano Lesson, the Lipscomb campus once again plays host to Nashville’s oldest community theater. Vaughn’s cast includes Lipscomb theater department chair Mike Fernandez and the highly respected Wesley Paine, with Beth Henderson in the key role of Becca.