Hughie NYC Reviews and Tickets

(147 Ratings)
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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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (147)

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273 Reviews | 200 Followers
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.

180 Reviews | 54 Followers
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

336 Reviews | 45 Followers
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

61 Reviews | 6 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Quirky

See it if you appreciate good acting and getting home at a reasonable hour.

Don't see it if you enjoy lots of characters and want more time for your money.

97 Reviews | 44 Followers
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you are thrilled by extremely nuanced acting and are hungry for Eugene O'Neill's writing. Beautifully surprising character choice.

Don't see it if you go to the theater to be simply entertained. This is a play that requires the audience to be completely involved with the characters.

1166 Reviews | 464 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.

219 Reviews | 40 Followers
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

72 Reviews | 15 Followers
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if You like O'Neill or Whitaker and you don't mind that it's low-key and far from action-packed.

Don't see it if You would feel short-changed by a 55 minute two character play.

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 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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February 25th, 2016

“It’s a brave, if odd, choice for a Broadway debut, this meager work that reads better than it plays…The biggest miscue of Michael Grandage’s production is that Erie seems to believe his bullshit. Whitaker lacks the sense of desperation that O’Neill says will overcome Erie during the course of this dark hour…The result is a failure to lift this small work into the tragic realm to which it aspires…That’s surely as much O’Neill’s fault as Whitaker’s. But it’s Whitaker we’ve come to see."
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New York Daily News
February 25th, 2016

“This 'Hughie' is hooey. It’s not that Whitaker’s acting is bad in this high-profile revival. It’s that this likeable Oscar winner is not doing any discernible acting to speak of…Whitaker, known for emotionally vibrant performances is simply reciting his lines…Christopher Oram’s scenic design is an unqualified success…If you tire of Whitaker’s disconnected talk, gaze at the faded tin ceiling or the broken elevator.”
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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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