Villanova grad David Rabe’s 1984 drama about lost souls in Hollywood holds up surprisingly well, as director James J. Christy’s meaty, raw revival shows. More about relationships than movies, the script has an Entourage-meets-middle-age vibe, with talky wounded men — high on coke, booze and existential despair — whose intoxicated eloquence plays like poetry from this capable cast. At its center is Russ Widdall’s tragic Eddie, navigating a potentially serious relationship with Darlene (Christie Parker) while trying to rein in pal Phil (Paul Felder), a dangerous man with “violent karma.” Eddie aches for redemption despite his “enchantment with uncertainty.” Great supporting performances by Robert Smythe and Bruce Graham complete this male quartet puzzled by women, with Sarah Van Auken and Mary Lee Bednarek as victims who are nevertheless more noble, wise and compassionate than their male abusers. Scenic designer S. Cory Palmer and lighting designer Matt Sharp collaborate to make Eddie’s apartment feel like a movie set surrounded by cables and instruments, highlighting his journey toward honest introspection. Hurlyburly is crude, rude and deep, despite its main characters’ shallowness, and packs a wallop.
Through March 24, $22-$26, Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St., 215-563-7500, newcitystage.org.