HUGHIE by Eugene O’Neill

I love O’Neill passionately but brevity is not, to put it gently, a term I would usually associate with him. However, in this play he shows extraordinary economy. Hughie is an absolutely perfect study of loneliness and what people will do to overcome it. The atmosphere of New York City late at night is flawlessly conveyed. The dialogue is full of unconscious (on the characters’ parts) insight. The play is a perfect example, in miniature, of O’Neill’s late career ability to mix gentle humor with crushing, in this case quiet, despair. Hughie also reaches an astonishing conclusion about what we have to do to feel we matter. Highly recommended for anyone who has ever searched for someone to talk to. In other words, everyone! 

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