Goodman artistic director Robert Falls directs Hughie, featuring Dennehy "as the wise-cracking, down-on-his-luck gambler Erie Smith" and Joe Grifasi as night clerk Charlie Hughes. In Hughie, "high-rolling gambler Erie and Hughie, the credulous night clerk at a single-occupancy hotel, were confidants. Hughie admired Erie for his bold lifestyle and Erie considered Hughie his good luck charm. When Hughie dies unexpectedly, Erie's luck changes for the worse and he finds himself in dire straits. Then Erie meets the new night clerk, who reminds him enough of Hughie that he takes the gamble that his luck is about to change." Jennifer Tarver stages Krapp's Last Tape, Samuel Beckett's classic one-act, one-man show. "Every year on his birthday, Krapp records the important — and the banal — moments of the last year. As he prepares to record a new tape on his 69th birthday, he begins to listen to his archives. This immersion in his own history leads Krapp to question, with growing regret, whether his present lives up to his past."
Here is a look at the show:
Performances play Goodman's Albert Theatre. Tickets are $25–$83 and can be purchased online at www.GoodmanTheatre.org, at the box office (170 North Dearborn) or by phone at (312) 443-3800.