Hurlyburly

by  David Rabe

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 3f

"An important work, masterfully accomplished." - Time

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

This riveting drama took New York by storm in a production directed by Mike Nichols and starring William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Judith Ivey, Christopher Walken, Harvey Keitel, Cynthia Nixon, and Jerry Stiller. Characters nose-deep in the decadent, perverted, cocaine culture that is Hollywood, pursuing a sex-crazed, drug-addled vision of the American Dream. Later stage and screen incarnations have attracted such actors as Ethan Hawke, Meg Ryan, Sean Penn, and Kevin Spacey.
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Accolades

  • Nominee! 1985 Tony Award for Best Play

Reviews

REVIEWS

"Offers some of Mr. Rabe's most inventive and disturbing writing. At his impressive best, Mr. Rabe makes grim, ribald, and surprisingly compassionate comedy out of the lies and rationalizations that allow his alienated men to keep functioning if not feeling in the fogs of Lotusland. They work in an industry so corrupt that its only honest executives are those who openly admit that they lie." - The New York Times

"An important work, masterfully accomplished." - Time

"A powerful permanent contribution to American drama... Riveting, disturbing, fearsomely funny... Has a savage sincerity and a crackling theatrical vitality. This deeply felt play deserves as wide an audience as possible." - Newsweek

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A two-story house crowded into one of the canyons between Sunset Boulevard and Mulholland Drive in the Hollywood Hills.

Casting

4m, 3f
EDDIE
PHIL
MICKEY
ARTIE
DARLENE
BONNIE
DONNA
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Authors

David Rabe

David Rabe

Hurlyburly premiered at the Goodman Theatre in April 1984 under the direction of Mike Nichols.

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