CULTURE CORNER | HUGHIE / by Brackett Bilodeau

Image courtesy of Marc Brenner

Image courtesy of Marc Brenner

Forest Whitaker takes the stage in Michael Grandage’s revival of the classic Eugene O’Neill one-act play, bringing a darkly stunning set and a poignant performance to the Booth Theatre for this limited engagement. Set in the New York summer of 1928, Whitaker portrays a small-time hustler, “Erie” Smith, who wanders into the lobby of the rundown hotel he calls home. The singular scene develops as Erie laments the passing of the hotel’s former night clerk, Hughie, in a one-sided conversation with the new clerk on duty, played by Tony Award winner Frank Wood. Wood, who delivers a fraction of the lines contained in Whitaker’s near monologue, proves equal in presence and provides somewhat of a comedic relief intermittently toward the show’s end, bringing an element of lightness to the otherwise heavy subject matter. Hughie will run as a limited engagement through March 27th; contact your Attaché for tickets.