Hughie NYC Reviews and Tickets

(147 Reviews)
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Disappointing, Slow, Great acting, Dated, Overrated

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

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963 Reviews | 338 Followers
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.

928 Reviews | 379 Followers
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.

677 Reviews | 186 Followers

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!

594 Reviews | 223 Followers
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.

533 Reviews | 488 Followers
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.

470 Reviews | 112 Followers
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.

464 Reviews | 70 Followers
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.

294 Reviews | 75 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (50)

The New York Times
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 opium could glean its shape and substance in a 20­-minute reading of the script. But you wouldn’t feel the full mortal ache and ghostly chill that this production summons.”
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Time Out New York
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 ends up blunting O’Neill’s punchy lines...‘Hughie’ is only an hour long. But as we wait for Whitaker to gain confidence in his character, the night grows long and weary.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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...You spend a lot of the time looking at Wood, a theatrical creature through and through, doing much more with much less.”
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New Yorker
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 complications inherent in that casting keep the production contemporary and important. Nothing significant happens in 'Hughie' except theatre--and the creative lives of its actors."
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The Hollywood Reporter
February 25th, 2016

“With his sleepy eyes, soulful voice and fluttering hands, Whitaker is a superb actor who can wear sorrow like a baggy overcoat. However, as watchable as he is, the real star of Michael Grandage's production is the design team…Grandage and his team of frequent collaborators have honored the inherent theatricality of the slender piece while fortifying it with an immersive cinematic presentation.”
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Entertainment Weekly
February 26th, 2016

“The hour-long show passes quickly, and as Erie’s stories get bigger, the man himself seems to get smaller…‘Hughie’ exacts complex, commendable performances from its two leads, both effectively carrying the show’s study into a man’s need for success, both real and perceived. There’s only so much a shorter show like this can answer — I was left wanting to know more about both Erie and the night clerk after I left for the night — but it’s still a hotel stay you won’t regret."
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February 25th, 2016

“There’s not really much of an arc to this one-hour play, which is essentially an extended monologue…Both actors have their best moments during this tug of wills. Wood makes Charlie’s silence seem both menacing and merciless, while Whitaker lays bare Erie’s terror…there’s no pretending that ‘Hughie’ is much more than a warm-up for ‘Iceman’, a far more devastating study of life as living death.”
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The Wall Street Journal
February 25th, 2016

“Whitaker has failed to beat the odds in Eugene O’Neill’s ‘Hughie’…Talented though he is, Mr. Whitaker is a film actor through and through, a pure naturalist accustomed to being seen by the camera rather than presenting himself to a live audience, and his bright, bouncy performance is as devoid of depth as his piping tenor voice…Mr. Wood is infinitely better equipped to keep up his end of the deal.”
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