Written by David Rabe, Hurlyburly focuses on the intersecting lives of several low- to mid-level Hollywood players in the 1980s.
Fueled by massive amounts of drugs, they attempt to find some meaning in their isolated, empty lives or as one character says "a viable sense of reality."
Central to the play, "Eddie" continues to ask the apathetic question "How does it pertain to me?" summing up the spiritual agony of all the men in the play. They search for success and power while trying to understand how their decadence defines them as men in a post women's lib world.
With misogyny still upon the lips of the male characters as an everyday conversation of boys being boys, David Rabe's writing can put women on pins. But digging deeper, the characters ironically and continuously look for personal human meaning through the women in the story, whether it be wives, girlfriends or one night stands.
Today, twenty years later, and after a film adaptation set in the 90's for the 90's, G.R.O.U.P. takes the play back to its original 80's era setting and explores how these very human elements still pertain today.