Hughie Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 5 2013

Charley, the night clerk in a New York transient hotel, barely speaks during Eugene O'Neill's 1942 play—he's the sounding board for two-bit sot Erie's extended monologue about gambling, women, and crushed hopes. But in Kevin Fox's production for Seanachai Theatre Company, Charley's the unintentional star of the show, with a mesmerizing performance by Jeff Duhigg that turns the impenetrable night clerk into existential weariness personified. The more Erie goes on about his exploits, the more Charley surrenders to an elegiac inner voice bent on crushing his soul. Brad Armacost makes Erie sympathetic, but he overlooks the fact that he must need something from Charley—and need it badly—to transform a quaint character study into real drama. —Justin Hayford

Price: $25

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