Ditto Productions

Presents

HUGHIE

by Eugene OíNeill

 

American Theatre of Actors

Sergeant Theatre, 4th Floor

314 W 54th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)

 

October 1-10, 2009

 

Directed by Aaron Gonzalez

Set Design CLAIRE KAROFF

Lighting Design RUS SNELLING

Projection Design AARON GONZALEZ

Stage Manager KIERSTEN ARMSTRONG

Press Rep SCOTTI RHODES

starring

David Tawil and Dean Negri

 

Eugene OíNeillís, short, two-character play called HUGHIE is making a brief appearance at the American Theatre of Actors this month. This latest revival, rather than being a star vehicle, is being staged in the cozy, no-frills Sergeant Theatre in a spare production.

Featuring David Tawil as the legend-in-his-own-mind, Erie Smith, and Dean Negri as a fantasizing hotel night clerk, Charlie Hughes, this incarnation paints Erie as desperate and Charlie as disinterested almost to the point of disengaging the audience as well.

In these times of doing more with less, set designer Claire Karoff presents some set pieces, most notably the implied framework of a revolving door and elevator bank, that highlight the impoverished reality just underneath the big talk and grandiosity presented by Erie, a man desperately revisiting the glory of his past, wearing a suit that doesnít quite fit, and still hoping that the real sucker is someone besides himself.

The strengths of OíNeillís HUGHIE do resonate despite the flaws. After all, this is essentilly a play about despair and indifference that leads to a brief moment of understanding, and here the two actors do achieve some common ground in the final moments. Definitely, a curiosity, if nothing else.

- Kessa De Santis -

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