NEW YORK — It was a retro Thursday night as “Hurlyburly” celebrated the 1980s at Lotus and “Good Vibrations” took on the 1960s at Dodger Stages.
Though the Beach Boys tuner doesn’t preem until Wednesday, the Dodgers went ahead and threw the party. (Don’t ask.)
Mike Love offered a qualified rave at the fete. “My 9-year-old daughter loved it,” he said. “I can’t complain about any of the songs I co-wrote with my cousin (Brian Wilson).”
Because he’s touring in Japan, the No. 1 Beach Boy couldn’t be there. And besides, “Brian is a social maladroit,” opined his “Smile” collaborator Van Dyke Parks. “He’s not good in crowds.”
Most of the “Hurlyburly” actors were kids when the David Rabe tale of Hollywood ambition and cocaine had its preem in 1984. They caught up with the play later. “I did Phil’s monologue when I was 19,” said Bobby Cannavale. “This is the Holy Grail for actors,” said Josh Hamilton. “Everybody does it in acting class,” said Ethan Hawke.