Hughie 5***** - One4Review
one4review | On 11, Aug 2019
Hughie is a Eugene O’Neill one act play.
Mike McShane is Charlie, the hotel desk clerk and Phil Nichol plays Erie; the wise cracking, fast talking professional gambler. This is a shabby New York hotel. The faded grandeur and the lateness of the hour, sets the tone for an atmospheric backdrop.
McShane is a huge presence throughout but is very much in the shadow of Nichol’s character. Phil Nichol is an Edinburgh Comedy Award winner. He is clearly a man of many talents, as this is a serious piece, and Nichol is outstanding. I mean, he barely pauses for breath!
Eugene O’Neill’s work is always thought provoking with beautifully observed characters, and this is no exception. We suspect that Erie’s bragging of his success as a gambler, and indeed his success with the ladies, may not be entirely accurate. He is a hustler who has always got by but fears that his luck may be running out, since the passing of his pal, Hughie.
The audience is invited to work out the truths, from the half truths.
This is an outstanding piece of drama, brilliantly acted. A must see.
Reviewed by Margot
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