Saturday, August 23, 2008

Hughie (Stratford Shakespeare Festival) - 8/23/08

"Hughie" (8/23/08) by Eugene O'Neill and starring Brian Dennehy is the first half of a double bill at the Studio Theater (the second half being Beckett's "Krapp's Last Tape"). I saw Mr. Dennehy in "Hughie" at the Goodman Theatre a few years back (also directed by Robert Falls), and his performance struck me as deeper and more desperate, which may be attributable to the space; the Goodman is a barn compared to Stratford's intimate Studio Theatre. Kudos must go to Joe Grifasi, who is magnetic as the night clerk.

Rating: **** (out of *****)

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