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From 147 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Slow, Great acting, Dated, Overrated

About the show

Oscar winner Forest Whitaker makes his Broadway debut in the revival of Eugene O'Neill's classic drama. More…

1928. New York City. A hotel lobby. A small-time gambler and big-time drinker makes his way back to Room 492. With a new night clerk on duty, he is forced to confront his personal demons and discover the real end to his own story. 'Hughie' is about the loneliness and redemption of one man chasing the American Dream.

This production also features Tony Award winner Frank Wood and is directed by the Tony and Olivier Award-winning director Michael Grandage.

1h 0m | Already closed | Booth Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (147)


Disappointing, Slow, Great acting, Dated, Overrated
Avg Score

Absorbing, Slow, Intelligent, Disappointing, Flat

See it if you love O'Neill or Whitaker. There are strong moments, but not enough. The set is magnificent!

Don't see it if you want a meaty evening.It should be paired with another one-act; it's too slender to stand alone.Left wanting more. Whitaker lacked range.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant

See it if You're a fan of character study plays. Not a lot of action but there is a lot of acting!

Don't see it if You're looking for lots of fluff. This is a serious look a serious side of life.


See it if you have seen everything else by Eugene O'Neill. Or see it for the set: It's great & you'll be staring at it a lot!

Don't see it if you respect Forest Whitaker as an actor. He does himself no favors here!

Confusing, Boring, Slow, Soporific, Confounding

See it if you need an hour long nap.

Don't see it if you like seeing theater that doesn't put you to sleep.

Great staging, Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Excruciating

See it if You want to see Forest Whitaker on stage, no matter how weak his performance.

Don't see it if You're looking for a play with a plot, or can't stand what's basically a one-man play.

Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if You enjoy seeing the star forget his lines and have the stage manager read him his lines out loud by the water cooler.

Don't see it if You want to remain awake.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You love O'Neil and want to see this terrific character study

Don't see it if you expect more than 55 minutes of show for your $150-200. I also HATED the padding of this 45 minute show with absurd pauses.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you love Forest Whitaker, he is amazing, his quiet acting reached me from the stage, I was transfixed.

Don't see it if You want an action packed, surface glancing story. You want laughs, color, visual excitement.

Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You really love forest whitaker

Don't see it if you want a musical or a better play.

Banal, Tedius, Overrated, Excruciating, Short but feels long

See it if You just want to see a "movie star" on stage. Or an O'Neil completest.

Don't see it if you don't want a 50 minute nap.

Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you like really great acting - Forest Whitaker was excellent

Don't see it if you're into lighter stuff

Disappointing, Slow

See it if you are a fan of Eugene O'Neill's work & are looking to see how long you can make 65 minutes feel.

Don't see it if are looking for a good time feel good story.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Dated, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if you are a fan of Forrest Whitaker A Eugene O'Neill completist

Don't see it if you want to gain clarity on ultimately an overrated play

Banal, Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if This is the only ticket you can get for a Broadway show.

Don't see it if You are a huge O'Neill fan. I personalluy found it boring. I could not even fall asleep. It seemed to go on forever.

Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if you need to get inside from bad weather and have nowhere else you can possibly go

Don't see it if you want to be entertained, see a good play with good writing, see something that makes sense, have anywhere else you can go.

Disappointing, Slow, Intelligent

See it if you need to see every single O'Neill, or every single Forest Whitaker performance. It does have a beautiful set.

Don't see it if you lack the patience for a small, talky play that is dwarfed by the theater's size.

Disappointing, Slow, Great writing, Poorly paced, Great set

See it if you are obsessed with O'Neill or Forest Whitaker

Don't see it if you will feel short-changed by a hour-long show that's only partially effective.

Confusing, Dated, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if you can sit through an hour of a mess of a show. Not even Forest Whitaker can save this.

Don't see it if Don't go see it. And its closing, so you likely won't.

Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Boring

See it if You insist on witnessing Forest's Broadway debut.

Don't see it if You want to preserve your high opinion of Forest's talent - he should stick to movies.

Miscast, Excruciating

See it if You have to.

Don't see it if You either like the play "Hughie" or have never seen or read it. Whitaker is horribly miscast and the one hour run time feels interminable.

Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you are as fan of Forest Whitaker

Don't see it if cant think of a reason

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Dated, Great acting

See it if you want to see this little performed Oneill by a master. its a master class in acting. FW is amazing -the set and clothes great. loved it

Don't see it if want to pay a lot of money for an hour of great theater

Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Slow

See it if you are a masochist. This is 60 minutes of listening to a narcissist grieve. And the actor was being fed lines at the water cooler.

Don't see it if you have literally anything else to do with 60 minutes of your time.

Slow, Resonant, Confusing, Dated, Great acting

See it if you like the actors and can sit through a 65-minute slow one-act. It's a moderately engaging character study and I'm glad I went.

Don't see it if you have a poor attention span and need a show to go somewhere. Hughie isn't "exciting", but it's an interesting piece if you pay attention.

Disappointing, Ambitious, Indulgent, Dated, Overrated

See it if Someone gives you the tickets.

Don't see it if You have already seen everything else on your list and spending a cozy night at home seems to be a better choice.

February 25th, 2016
“Erie is portrayed by that excellent actor Forest Whitaker, in a transfixing yet modest Broadway debut.…Mr. Whitaker quietly breaks your heart…I hope his performance isn’t under-appreciated because it lacks showy bravado…'Hughie' feels as vaporous as smoke, though the kind that might come from an...
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February 25th, 2016
“The accomplished film star speaks Erie’s lines, but he misses the spirit of the character, leaving an unmistakable void not to be confused with the playwright’s poetic nihilism…When he should be a big-talking con man and Runyonesque swell, Whitaker tries something possibly more realistic, but en...
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February 25th, 2016
“A huge set for a small play is usually compensating for something. In Michael Grandage’s production of 'Hughie', it’s pretty clear what that something is. Whitaker, who does 98 percent of the talking in the 60-minute one-act, hardly makes an impression…he seems catatonic, with peculiar diction.....
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March 7th, 2016
"Together and separately, they’re more than fine actors; they’re poets equal to O’Neill’s poeticism...I wasn’t sure what I thought of the show until a few days after I’d seen it...But later I remembered Whitaker’s gracefulness...Erie is a white character played by a black man, and the complicatio...
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