Sex, Drugs and Misogyny

TheaterWednesday, August 8

Jobsite Theater closes its 2006-07 with David Rabe's dark, provocative comedy, Hurlyburly. The play takes place in the early 1980s over the course of a year, and focuses on the dysfunctional relationships and drug habits of a group of miserable misogynists living and working in the face-paced superficial world of Hollywood. The main character is Eddie, a casting director who shares his home with his cold, fastidious business partner, Mickey. Their frequently-present friends are struggling actor Phil and marginally successful producer-type Artie, the former young and full of aggressive ire, the latter an older sycophant with a perverse sexual appetite. The foursome spends much of their time in endless discussion while engaging in all manner of illicit late night activities, which includes using and abusing the women who associate with them; edgy Darlene is Eddie's occasional girlfriend and Mickey's occasional lover, Donna is a spacey teenage drifter willing to trade sex for a place to stay, and Bonnie is a lonely exotic dancer with a kid and a penchant for hard drugs. Hurlyburly follows these characters as they search for meaning in their hollow, isolated lives. Jason Vaughan Evans directs the Jobsite production. Aug. 8-26, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 4 p.m. Sun., Shimberg Playhouse-Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, downtown Tampa, $10 preview (Aug. 8)/$19.50-$24.50 general, 813-229-7827,

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