Thursday, April 6, 2017

reviews - HUGHIE - iTheatre Collaborative

Greg Lutz and Christopher Haines
photo courtesty iTheatre Collaborative

highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

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"...Eugene O’Neill’s “Hughie,” ...this understated one-act is essentially an extended monologue by down-on-his-luck gambler “Erie” Smith, played by Greg Lutz...Erie regales the laconic night clerk (Christopher Haines) with tales of his misadventures...The result is a character study of a man who needs to feel larger than life but diminishes himself while belittling others....Such an unsympathetic role is one of the great challenges in acting... Lutz’s portrayal, though well-drawn, falls short. It lacks... simple likability — to tease us with the possibility of redemption....An interesting little play with a dramatically satisfying (if thematically depressing) turn at the end. ... " Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic (click here to read the complete review)

"...Eugene O'Neill's...HUGHIE, a one-act two-character play ~ for the most part a monologue ... echoes his absorption with... addiction, death, and redemption.Erie Smith is a down-in-the dumps gambler and con man. ...adept at feeding on the sucker that was born every minute. In the wee morning hours of a New York night, he stumbles into the lobby of the dump of a hotel that he inhabits and proceeds to lament to Charles the night clerk that he's had a run of bad luck since Hughie, Charles's predecessor, died. In iTheatre Collaborative's current revival of this gift of a playlet, Greg Lutz becomes Erie... a masterly performance that captures the nuances and idiosyncrasies of this nighthawk's character. ...Christopher Haines is remarkable as the Night Clerk...a seemingly passive receiver of Erie's recollections. ...It is in the final moments of the play that the chemistry and co-dependence that linked Hughie and Erie make sense and that now align the Night Clerk and Erie in common purpose. Not all is as it seems. " Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

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