Hughie: director shows that o'neill's short play doesn't require star-power it was written in 1942 to be part of a cycle of one-act plays called by way of obit in which one character talks to.
Eugene o’neill’s one-act play hughie has mostly been known by the productions featuring master o’neill interpreter jason robards and jack dodson of the andy griffith show fame locally, special benefit performances of hughie featuring robards and dodson were instrumental in raising the money that saved tao house in 1975. Eugene o’neill might be surprised to learn he wrote so funny a work as “hughie” his one-act two-character drama about a dissolute gambler and the hotel night clerk who half-listens to his. Hughie was the first of a series of eight one-act plays o’neill planned to write under the title by way of obit the concept of the collection of one-acts was to have each play have a character tell their life story while another listened the eight storytellers were modeled after people o’neill had known during his lifetime.
Hughie is a short two-character play by eugene o’neill set in the lobby of a small hotel on a west side street in midtown new york during the summer of 1928 the play is essentially a long monologue delivered by a small-time hustler named erie smith to the hotel’s new night clerk charlie hughes, lamenting how smith’s luck has gone bad since the death of hughie, hughes' predecessor. O’neill wrote the piece as part of an unfinished series of playlets called “by way of obit,” focusing on characters dealing with the demise of close ones it was not produced until after his death with a swedish production.
Blesch, edwin j ‘o’neill’s hughie: a misconceived experiment’ nassau review 2 v 1974 1-8 [s10] bloom, steven f ‘waiting for the dough: o’neill’s hughie’ eugene o’neill newsletter 12 iii 1988 28-35 [s11] bogard, travis contour in time: the plays of eugene o’neill rev ed ny: oxford up, 1988, 424-27 brietzke, zander. The penultimate essay, robert combs’s “o’neill’s hughie: the sea plays revisited,” tries to establish the lineage between these sea plays and the late one-act play hughie. Hughie, the only surviving manuscript from a series of eight one-act monologue plays that o'neill planned in 1940, was completed in 1941 in the play, only two characters appear on stage hughie, the third and most important one, is dead.
Eugene o'neill might be surprised to learn he wrote so funny a work as hughie his one-act two-character drama about a dissolute gambler and the hotel night clerk who half-listens to his. Hughie is essentially a 45-minute monologue it was written in 1942 to be part of a cycle of one-act plays called by way of obit in which one character talks to a listener about a third character. But more to it, hugh o'neill was the 2nd earl of tyrone and, of course, the tyrone family is a long day's journey into night the names aside, the life of the o'neill has some resonances in gene's other plays.
Scheibler, rolf ‘hughie: a one-act play for the imaginary theatre’ english studies 54 1973 231-48 [s58] schenker, ueli eugene o’neills spätwerk zurich: juris, 1965, 108-15 shaughnessy, edward l ‘question and answer in hughie’ eugene o’neill newsletter 2 ii 1978 3-7 [s59] shea, laura. Production: a trinity repertory co presentation of two one-act plays, hughie by eugene o'neill and a pound on demand by sean o'casey directed by catherine baker steindler directed by. “jesus, what a dead dump,” moans a melancholy forest whitaker as erie smith, the down-on-his-luck gambler assessing the seedy hotel he calls home in the revival of eugene o’neill’s 1942 one-act hughie unfortunately erie could be describing michael grandage’s lifeless production as well as christopher oram’s appropriately funereal set.