When a group of young Dutch actors decides to do David Rabe's play Hurlyburly, comparisons are inevitable to the film adaptation which starred such names as Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey and Anna Paquin, to name a few.
It shows the Dutch cast are fans of the film. They are perhaps a bit young for the patheticness and depravity they portray, but they perform it with verve and manage to get the underlying angst across.
The translation might in places be too literal, causing some of the intended wordiness to be awkward rather than heartfelt, but the drift of it is still true, and it makes the more intimate moments become all the more powerful.
In short, whatever there's to say about it in comparison, this is still a damn good play with fresh, intense performances all around!
More info & tour dates @ www.hurlyburly.nl.