HUGHIE (OPEN FIST): 87% – SWEET

Andrew Schlessinger and Joe Hulser in “Hughie” at the Open Fist Theatre. Credit: Maia Rosenfeld.

SWEET
In Open Fist’s hands, the strengths and the weaknesses of translating O’Neill’s specificity from the page to the stage is bravely handled.
Leigh Kennicott – Stagehappenings

SWEET
Demson and Schlessinger ensure that we experience Erie’s arc, from cheerful, gravel-voiced chatterbox to lost soul desperate for validation. His need is for someone to worship at his feet, to live vicariously through him so that he can see himself as worthwhile. In that, the chunky, pugnacious Schlessinger succeeds.
Eric Marchese – Backstage

BITTERSWEET
Though I can’t confess to being a fan of Hughie the play (or of the O’Neill oeuvre for that matter), anyone interested in fine acting would do well to catch Schlessinger and Hulser in this niftily staged performance showcase.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA

SWEET
Schelssinger turns in a good performance, but he does overwork the “tough-guy hustler” shade of Erie’s personality. That quibble notwithstanding, this is a neat, engaging production under Martha Demson’s direction.
Lovell Estell III – LA Weekly

HUGHIE
Open Fist Theatre
6209 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 8PM, Tuesday, December 11th, at 8PM
Tickets: $12; (323) 882-6912

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