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This article is about the play. For the Canadian English colloquialism, see Eh.
Written by Henry Livings
Date premiered October 16, 1966 (opening)
May 24, 1967 (closing)
Place premiered Circle in the Square Downtown, New York City

Eh? is a play by Henry Livings.

Production history[edit]

The play premiered Off-Broadway at the Circle in the Square Downtown on Bleecker Street on October 16, 1966. The production was directed by Alan Arkin, using the pseudonym "Roger Short". Arkin had stepped in as director about two weeks before it opened, and after two directors had quit. He used a pseudonym because he was under contract to begin direction of Hail, Scrawdyke! only a week later.[1]

Eh? starred Dustin Hoffman as Valentine Brose, Alexandra Berlin as Betty Dorrick, Dana Elcar as Price, Carl Gabler as Aly, Joseph Maher as Reverend Mort, and Elizabeth Wilson as Mrs. Murray. The play was the first major critical success in Hoffman's career, garnering him a Theatre World Award and Drama Desk Award for his performance. Livings won an Obie Award for Best Play. This production was well received by audiences, closing on May 24, 1967, after 233 performances.

Film adaptation[edit]

It was adapted for the 1967 film Work Is a Four-Letter Word by Jeremy Brooks, starring David Warner and Cilla Black.[2]


  1. ^ The H. W. Wilson Company. "Alan Arkin". Biography (1967). Retrieved 2010-12-12.
  2. ^ Amazon. "Work Is a 4-Letter Word". Internet Movie Database (1968). Retrieved 2010-11-09.

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