Hughie: Eugene O'Neill's Compelling Character Study
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Featured review from B. W. Grant Barnes
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Eugene O'Neill is a master of writing many-layered plays. In this two-man, one-hour show, there are at least three such layers. First, the role of the traveling gambler Erie is a virtuosic tour-de-force, where the actor has to adopt a very difficult accent and way of standing and wearing clothes in addition to holding the audience's rapt attention describing his own charismatic and consciously manipulative personality, and the other has to be stand-offish and then plunge willingly into the first's trap. Second, the writing is poignant and descriptive of a manipulative and dysfunctional relationship growing into love and caring friendship. Thirdly, it's an allegory of hell, where the same interpersonal dynamic is repeated ad infinitum with the same two individuals aware of each other's needs and meeting them without any possibility of growth beyond the one hour of the interaction. Both actors earn kudos for what they have to do, and the staging and lighting and sound are at a very high standard, as I always expect from the Open Fist Theatre company.
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Hughie had great writing that really revealed the character. The acting was superb. The problem was that I couldn't stand the character and would never willingly have spent more than 2 minutes in his company. Instead I was right there with him...continued
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“Andrew Schlessinger delivers a tour-de-force performance as a down-on-his luck hustler in Hughie. From his distinctive gait (a sort of drunken cock-of-the-walk walk), to his gravely, somewhat slurred speech, to his train-wreck-about-to-happen manner, Schlessinger is one terrific Erie Smith.”—Stage Scene LA
“Hughie is a tour-de-force for Andrew Schlessinger as the central character, Erie Smith, in this textbook production at Open Fist.” – _LA Stage Happenings _
“Andrew Schlessinger delivers Erie’s restlessness and self-loathing papered over in braggadocio, his cracking voice shot through with sorrow…we experience Erie’s arc, from cheerful, gravel-voiced chatterbox to lost soul desperate for validation.” – Backstage
“Highly Recommended!!” “It’s equal parts humor and heartbreak, with two distinctive characters who never cease to be fascinating.“—”LA Opening Nights":http://laopeningnights.com/events/eugene-oneills-hughie-at-open-fist-theatre-november-14-to-december-11-2012/
Learn more about Hughie in this LA Stage Times feature about the show.