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Actors Theatre of San Francisco
855 Bush St. San Francisco, CA 94108
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3.5 / 5 Rated by 20 members
Review from Phil H.

This play is a contemporary classic performed by a top-notch cast. The set was superb and the acting was fantastic. David Rabe's dialogue, which is often quite dense, was communicated clearly and meaningfully by every member of the ensemble. ...continued

reviewed Jun 14 2007 report as inappropriate
Review from constanza

The acting was suberb. The play very interesting, but too long.....

reviewed May 23 2007 report as inappropriate
Review from Ken in Kensington

Wonderfully nuanced performances by actors at the top of their game. There should be a line out the door and a three month waiting list for tickets -- it's that good.

reviewed Jun 09 2007 report as inappropriate
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Actors Theatre of San Francisco presents Hurlyburly by award-winning dramatist David Rabe. Widely hailed as one of the greatest American plays of the 1980s, the story centers on Eddie and his outrageous world. It exists at the juncture where Hollywood meets the mountains and where the almost-rich and not-yet-famous live on cheap thrills and heady ambition. Here, Eddie and his three best friends engage in a wild life of witty repartee and snappy come-backs, of ex-wives and future lovers, of hard partying and late nights, and of sex, lies and self-obsession. They continue their entertaining and manic pursuit of sensation until a series of encounters with destiny and even death convince Eddie to plunge beneath the surface…and discover his soul.

Hurlyburly is David Rabe’s seventh play. After a brief run at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, Hurlyburly was staged successfully in New York, off-Broadway, at the Promena de Theatre during the summer of 1984. Mike Nichols directed an all-star cast including Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, and Jerry Stiller. Hurlyburly later transferred to Broadway and ran for 343 performances.

Directed by Keith Phillips and Kenneth Vandenberg.

About the Playwright:

American playwright David Rabe was born on March 10, 1940, in Dubuque, Iowa. After graduating from Loras College in Dubuque, he began graduate studies in theater at Villanova University, but he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1965. He served until 1967, spending eleven months of this time in Vietnam. Rabe returned to Villanova, studying writing with Raymond Roseliep, Dick Duprey, and George Herman. During this time, he began work on Sticks and Bones, the first play in a loose trilogy dealing with a Vietnam veteran and the war. The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel (1971) and Streamers (1976) completed the trilogy.

While working as a feature writer for the New Haven Register in 1969 and 1970, he won an Associated Press Award. Rabe returned to Villanova to teach playwriting and film criticism in the early 1970s. Joseph Papp produced The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel in 1972 at the New York Shakespeare Festival and a later Broadway production starred Al Pacino. The play garnered Rabe an Obie Award (Off-Broadway) for distinguished playwriting, the Drama Desk Award, and the Drama Guild Award. The first play from the trilogy, Sticks and Bones, won the Elizabeth Hull-Kate Warriner Award from the Dramatists Guild, a Variety poll award, an Outer Critics Circle Award (1972), and the 1972 Tony Award for best play of the 1971-72 season on Broadway. In the Boom Boom Room (1973), the story of a go-go girl from Manayunk (near Villanova), received a Tony nomination for Best Play. The final part of the Vietnam trilogy, Streamers, received another Tony nomination as well as the 1976 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play. Hurlyburly, about the connected lives of a few Hollywood players, premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in 1984, receiving a Tony nomination for Best Play in 1985. The Dog Problem premiered Off-Broadway in 2001

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