Theater: Failing Words

HURLYBURLY by David Rabe

Eddie (William Hurt) has a desperate urge to make connections. "I don't know what pertains to me," he cries, striving to locate defining links between himself and the world as he feverishly scans the political news in the paper or tries to make sense of the post-Freudian gabble of his friends. Distracted, he abuses emotional ties that are so close at hand he could touch them were he only to reach out. His best friends have simplified these problems: tough Phil (Harvey Keitel) makes most of his conjunctions with his fists; Artie (Jerry Stiller) is hooked into...

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