REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Skintight” Opened with a ShowScore of 77

Show-Score | Jun 22, 2018
“Skintight,” written by Joshua Harmon and directed by Daniel Aukin, opened on June 21, 2018 in New York City. “Skintight,” written by Joshua Harmon and directed by Daniel Aukin, opened on June 21, 2018 in New York City.


12 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 72.

Jesse Green 
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 65 
"You anticipate a sleekly enjoyable romp: well made, sexy, with a bit of substance yet light enough for a summer evening. A low bar, perhaps, but 'Skintight' clears it...But something’s off, and it’s not the cast...The smoothness of the staging, by the director Daniel Aukin, will keep you from noticing that more and more of those stretches are stretching by without much build...'Skintight' stops well short of exploring, let alone indicting, its characters’ vapidity and historical amnesia."

Marilyn Stasio

ShowScore: 80
"For a play with serious matters on its mind, 'Skintight' is packed with jokes — droll ones, smart ones, silly ones, and some that are quite moving. The men may have all the laugh lines, but Menzel is marvelous at giving Jodi’s annoying smothering-mother the plaintive air of someone who feels completely at a loss in a world she never dreamed of...The play has no plot, in a conventional sense, which makes it feel loose and baggy...But let’s not take all the fun out of this smart play."
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 70
"Harmon gets good mileage out of Jewish anxiety and discomfort; he is not afraid to make his main characters intensely abrasive. And Daniel Aukin’s staging gets laughs where it should...But the play is so tightly corseted by its central concern—'What is so great about hot?'—that its characters don’t have enough room to breathe. It makes good points, but as a human story, it seldom digs beyond skin-deep."

“Skintight” was also reviewed by Barbara Schuler of Newsday, Elysa Gardner of New York Stage Review, Max McGuinness of Financial Times (UK), Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Matt Windman of AM New York, Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, and Steven Suskin of New York Stage Review.


The show was also reviewed by 82 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 78.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Relevant

Martin 0748, ShowScore: 95 
See it if…"You like entertaining, meaningful relationship plays, well-acted, directed and produced. The cast is brilliant - great scenes and moments."
Don't see it if…"You are offended by gay characters and relationships, marital problems and cross-generational issues, or if you don't like Idina Menzel."
GentleSpirit, ShowScore: 92 
See it if…"You enjoy finding humor in heart-breaking situations or complex characters who are often both right and wrong." 
Don't see it if…"You're offended by (near) nudity or frank discussions of sex."
Jenna the Musical, ShowScore: 70 
See it if…"You've enjoyed Joshua Harmon's previous plays or are interested in an exploration of youth and beauty."
Don't see it if…"Raunchy jokes and partial nudity make you uncomfortable or if you expect Idina to sing."
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