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Rare Revival of David Rabe’s ’Hurlyburly’

Wednesday Jan 22, 2014
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Variations Theatre Group will present a rare New York City revival of David Rabe’s "Hurlyburly" beginning Feb. 14, with the opening night set for Wednesday, Feb. 19 at The Chain Theatre.

The original production of "Hurlyburly" took New York by storm in 1984, directed by Mike Nichols. Although the long-running Broadway hit was presented in three acts, David Rabe pared his script into a leaner two-act version for the 2005 Off-Broadway revival starring Ethan Hawke and Bobby Cannavale. It is this revised version which will be presented by Variations Theatre Group by special arrangement with the playwright.

Under the direction of Rich Ferraioli, the cast of "Hurlyburly" will feature Deven Anderson ("Ghosts of Provincetown," "Sandcastles"), Jacklyn Collier ("Celebrity Ghost Stories," "Coffee to Go"), Rachel Cora ("Heaven Burns," "National Treasure: Book of Secrets), Kirk Gostkowski "(Leave Me Behind," "The Shape of Things"), Chris Harcum ("Apostles of Park Slope," "American Gun Show"), Brandon Scott Hughes ("Deadly Affairs," "Below"), and Christina Elise Perry ("Interviews," "Venus & Mona").

Set in the cocaine- and sex-infused Hollywood Hills of the mid-1980s, "Hurlyburly" is a chilling comedy focusing on four men caught in a world of parties, backbiting, lies and self-obsession in the decade of decadence. But a string of encounters with destiny convinces one of them to dig beneath the surface to discover his soul.

David Rabe’s other plays include "Streamers," "Sticks and Bones" (Tony Award, Best Play), "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel" and "Boom Boom Room." Rabe penned the screenplays for "The Firm," "Casualties of War," "Streamers" and "I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can." Director Rich Ferraioli is Co-Artistic Director of Variations Theatre Group, where he directed their acclaimed productions of "Fool for Love," "After the Fall" and "The Shape of Things."

The performance schedule for "Hurlyburly" will be Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7 p.m., with matinees Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. through March 1. Tickets are $18 and are available through www.VariationsTheatreGroup.com or by calling 866-811-4111. The Chain Theatre is located at 21-28 45th Road in Long Island City, just ten minutes from Times Square via the 7, E, G, and M trains to Court Square Station.

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