Skylight
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Skylight NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(51 Reviews)
Positive
84%
Mixed
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Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Thought-provoking

About the Show

Following rave reviews in London, David Hare's drama about an amorous and unstable reunion of two former lovers comes to Broadway, starring Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy.

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Member Reviews (51)

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876 Reviews | 904 Followers
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Great acting, Great writing, Slow, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like very slow paced psychological drama. Great actors!

Don't see it if you don't like very slow paced psychological drama.

852 Reviews | 1007 Followers
51
Slow, Boring, Great acting, Ok, Not great

See it if You like slower paced character driven pieces where not a lot really happens but there is lots of talking.

Don't see it if You have a short attention span or dislike slow paced shows.

965 Reviews | 339 Followers
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Disappointing, Overrated, Problematic script, Well acted, Odoriferous (dinner's cooking)

See it if you like Hare. The script is ludicrous. It's ok to have the affair as long as the wife doesn't know...really? Too many plot holes.

Don't see it if you're expecting the best of Nighy. His schtick was distracting. Mulligan fared better. I'm sick of old men getting young beautiful women. Read more

602 Reviews | 225 Followers
84
Great acting, Intelligent, Romantic, Slow

See it if You want to see two incredibly talented stage actors give their all.

Don't see it if You're looking for a profound play with a lot of action.

481 Reviews | 316 Followers
58
Disappointing, Nice set, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Overrated

See it if The first scene with Matthew Beard was excellent. He's an impressive young actor. Bill Nighy was a bundle of distracting tics.

Don't see it if You don't want to listen to an annoying somewhat unpleasant couple argue about old times.

383 Reviews | 201 Followers
95
Resonant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Stephen Daldry is the director. He is one of the best director on both sides of the pond.

Don't see it if you don't like plays about relationships.

346 Reviews | 100 Followers
78
Great acting, Great staging, Slow, Dated

See it if you appreciate a well-crafted story with great acting

Don't see it if you are looking for flash / you are uncomfortable with the May/Decemberest of inappropriate relationships.

242 Reviews | 70 Followers
97
Absorbing, Great acting, Exquisite, Intense, Masterful

See it if you enjoy superb theater

Don't see it if .......................

Critic Reviews (31)

The New York Times
April 2nd, 2015

"As you watch Ms. Mulligan and Mr. Nighy move magnetically toward and away from each other in Stephen Daldry’s exquisitely balanced London-born production, you can’t help thinking that on some profound level these two were made to be together...Tear-stained stories of impossible love have been a staple of theater for centuries. And Mr. Hare’s 1995 drama, his tightest and quite possibly his best, delivers big on the rueful pleasures of that genre."
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Time Out New York
April 2nd, 2015

"Throughout, Hare demands to know how are we treating one another—as humans or objects? This might sound like preaching or, worse, allegory—but Hare’s psychological acuity and love of articulate blusterers is too strong for that: He combines the dialectical relish of Shaw, the cozy-sweater Englishness of Rattigan and the seething outrage of Osborne. All of which means that the material is red meat to actors as fearless and deep-diving as Mulligan and Nighy."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 2nd, 2015

"Here they are in David Hare’s "Skylight", a monkey and a moonbeam, somehow bringing the same story to thrilling life. Nighy is the monkey, or perhaps better to call him a Catherine wheel of tics and poses and stutters and quirks. Mulligan creates the illusion of character with no affectations at all. She is as rivetingly, radically transparent as he is hilariously baroque, but in the end that’s only fitting; the play, one of Hare’s best, is about the gap between what’s reconcilable and what’s not."
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The Hollywood Reporter
April 2nd, 2015

"The excellence of the production goes a long way toward finding balance in the play. While it has a terrific first act, Skylight ultimately works better as a complex relationship postmortem than as an issues debate about class, privilege and social conscience. But even when Hare stops inferring his point and starts using his characters as mouthpieces, this is riveting stuff, its commentary on the wealth divide as relevant now as it was in the immediate post-Thatcher years."
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Entertainment Weekly
April 2nd, 2015

"The waft of vegetable aromatics infusing a homemade Bolognese isn’t the only thing that will fully arouse your senses in the magnificent revival of David Hare’s Skylight. This relationship drama is the kind of (mostly) two-hander that has the ability to turn into either a soap opera or a boulevard comedy in the wrong hands. Under the expert guidance of director Stephen Daldry and its luminous, impassioned stars, the production becomes–to get back to the food–nothing short of a five-star meal."
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Variety
April 2nd, 2015

"The fierce pas de deux of love and loss and anguish executed by Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy in “Skylight” leaves you breathless — and wondering how they can sustain this level of emotional intensity throughout the show’s 13-week Broadway run."
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The Wall Street Journal
April 2nd, 2015

"Fine though “Skylight” is, this high-profile revival is disappointing...Nor do Mr. Nighy and Ms. Mulligan emit the scent of mutual desire without which “Skylight” makes no sense: They act like father and daughter, not unhappy lovers. Ms. Mulligan pulls the final grade up to a B-double-minus, but unless you’re a fan of hers, don’t bother."
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Deadline
April 2nd, 2015

"In a season marked by alpha stars in beta plays, Nighy and co-star Carey Mulligan have a brilliant vehicle worthy of their complementary talents. Piloted with exceptional sensitivity by Stephen Daldry and beautifully designed, this revival is as fine as the original — while being utterly different in texture, tone and impact. The result is riveting, as absorbing a drama as can be seen anywhere this season...Skylight is a keeper and this revival is one for the ages."
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