That decade of decadence the 1980s is the setting for Tony winner David Rabe’s chilling comedy Hurlyburly as it begins performances off-Broadway February 14. Directed by Rich Ferraioli, opening night is scheduled for February 19 at The Chain Theatre.
High in the Hollywood Hills, Hurlyburly focuses on four men caught in a world of parties, backbiting, lies, and self-obsession. But a string of encounters with destiny convinces one of them to dig beneath the surface to discover his soul. The cast features Deven Anderson, Jacklyn Collier, Rachel Cora, Kirk Gostkowski, Chris Harcum, Brandon Scott Hughes and Christina Elise Perry.
The original production of Hurlyburly, directed by Mike Nichols, was a hit on Broadway in 1984 and featured William Hurt, Judith Ivey, Harvey Keitel, Jerry Stiller, Sigourney Weaver and Cynthia Nixon. Though originally presented in three-acts, the Variations Theatre Group production at the Chain Theatre will mount the revised version used in the 2005 revival starring Ethan Hawke and Bobby Cannavale.