Hughie to Close March 27

Hughie: Frank Wood and Forest Whitaker - photo by Marc Brenner

Hughie: Frank Wood and Forest Whitaker – photo by Marc Brenner

Hughie,” a Eugene O’Neill one-act play starring Forest Whitaker in his Broadway debut, is closing unexpectedly early because of weak ticket sales.

The revival, which had its opening night on Feb. 25, will close on March 27, after a total of 55 performances, including previews. It had been scheduled to run through June 12.

The producers, who had raised $3 million to mount the show, issued a terse statement Thursday evening saying they were closing the show “due to limited advance ticket sales.”

The play, written in the early 1940s and set in 1928, is a near-monologue delivered by a down-on-his luck gambler (played by Mr. Whitaker) to the night clerk (played by Frank Wood) at the Times Square hotel where he has been living. Previous Broadway productions starred Jason Robards, Ben Gazzara and Al Pacino.

Tulis McCall

Author: Tulis McCall

For my money, the theatre is up there in the ten top reasons to be human. I leave my home and go sit in a dark room with complete strangers and watch actors do their stuff because I want to be inspired. I’m asking to be involved. I’m volunteering to be led down any old path they choose as long as they don’t let go of my hand. And if I see a show, and it is NOT so very good – I will try to divert you, because I don’t want you to come to the temple when the preaching isn’t up to snuff. I will bar the door, I will swing from rafters, I will yell FIRE just to set your feet on a path that does not lead to disappointment. Do something different with your evening I will say. Save your money for dinner with a friend you haven’t seen in months because you are too frigging busy. Go take a walk with your dog or your child or your significant other. Go to bed early, I will say. Don’t come to the theatre when it is less than it can be. I’m an usher snob, and that’s all there is to it.

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