"Hughie" is a short two-character play by Eugene O’Neill set in the lobby of a small hotel on a West Side street in midtown New York during the summer of 1928. The play is essentially a long monologue delivered by a small time hustler named Erie Smith to the hotel’s new night clerk Charlie Hughes, lamenting how Smith’s luck has gone bad since the death of Hughie, Hughes' predecessor. O’Neill wrote "Hughie" in 1942, although it did not receive its world premiere until 1958, when it was staged in Sweden at the Royal Dramatic Theatre with Bengt Eklund as Erie Smith. It was first staged in English at the Theater Royal in Bath, England in 1963 with Burgess Meredith as Erie. [ [ Hughie: Robards' Monte Cristo?] ]

The play was first presented on Broadway in 1964 starring Jason Robards as Erie and directed by José Quintero, who were famous for their depictions of O’Neill’s plays. Robards received a Tony Award nomination for his performance, and revived the production in 1975 in Berkeley, California with Jack Dodson as Charlie Hughes. Robards and Dodson returned to it at the Hyde Park Festival Theatre in 1981 and the Trinity Repertory Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island in 1991, [ [ Hughie: Robards' Monte Cristo?] ] also televising their performances in 1984 for PBS.

"Hughie" has been produced on Broadway twice since the 1964 Robards/Quintero production. In 1975 it was paired in repertory with another short play, "Duet", this time with Ben Gazzara as Erie (who also won a Tony Award nomination for the role), and in 1996 by the Circle in the Square Theatre in a production directed by and starring Al Pacino.

"Hughie" has been televised three times in addition to the 1984 Jason Robards/Jack Dodson version: in 1959 (for Swedish television), 1960 (Norwegian television), and 1983 (French television). [ [ "Hughie" on the Internet Movie Database] ]


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