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Skylight NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(51 Reviews)
Positive
84%
Mixed
16%
Negative
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Members say
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)

60
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

80
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.

Critic Reviews (31)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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April 3rd, 2015

"It is the charged mixture of mystery and tension and sense of unfinished business between them that most exquisitely animates “Skylight,” David Hare’s movingly absorbing story of Kyra and Tom and the compassion and comprehension gaps that leave their intense connection in tatters. That Tom is played by Bill Nighy and Kyra by Carey Mulligan adds to the allure of “Skylight,” which opened as one of the season’s highest-caliber dramatic events."
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April 2nd, 2015

"Watching a couple duke it out works only if you also understand what drew them to each other in the first place. But in the new Broadway revival of David Hare’s “Skylight,” the lovers don’t share much, either in love or war...The lack of sexual chemistry between them makes you wonder why Kyra bothers to put up with Tom."
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April 2nd, 2015

"The Bolognese sauce that simmers on a working stove in “Skylight” looks good enough to eat, but this much-admired play about exes who try to reheat their passion isn’t always so palatable...As romances go, David Hare’s mid-1990s drama of a May-December affair stirs the brain with its still-topical thoughts on class divides and politics as well as how well opposites ultimately attract. The heart, meanwhile, is all but bypassed."
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April 9th, 2015

"There is nothing quite like great acting to re-kindle one’s love affair with the theatre. That’s most certainly the case with “Skylight,” which has the added pleasure of playwright David Hare’s heart-rending eloquence. When a show is loaded with this much talent, it does not take much to captivate...Director Stephen Daldry exploits every subtle clue in the writing to stirring effect. Moment to moment, this “Skylight” is truly illuminating."
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April 2nd, 2015

"Hare offers some surprisingly prescient observations and stinging barbs, but they've been carefully insulated in heaps of down stuffing so as not to make the audience too uncomfortable. Director Stephen Daldry's lackluster production, featuring unremarkable performances from the two lead actors, does little to change that. Unfortunately, Skylight, by design, is a boring play...the result is about as thrilling as watching pasta boil."
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April 3rd, 2015

"I loved this play madly when I read it in college, not too long after it debuted. I thought it romantic and tragic and true. In this revival, directed with sensitivity and some unnecessarily cinematic flair by Stephen Daldry, I can now see the working of Hare’s hand more than I’d like, particularly in some of the more impassioned, politically minded monologues."
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April 2nd, 2015

"Broadway's April Madness starts tonight, with 14 plays and musicals racing to open over the next twenty-two days...We cannot at this point state that the Stephen Daldry revival of "Skylight" will be the finest of the group, no, but it is likely to be near the top of the list. This is a smashingly good production of what might be David Hare's finest play, with two of the season's most striking performances from Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan."
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April 2nd, 2015

"When it comes to playing sufferers and pricks, you can’t do much better than Mulligan and Nighy. It is brilliant typecasting and the play sparkles with wit and verve and even a little pathos."
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April 2nd, 2015

"A pot of spaghetti is cooked onstage in “Skylight,” but the food for thought that British playwright David Hare serves up in his 1995 quasi-romantic drama is not especially substantial nor spicy. Hare’s dialogue is smoothly written, yet his play makes for a rather talky, at times tedious two hours or so as Tom and Kyra alternate between rueful recollections of their relationship and sporadic explosions over their present states of mind."
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April 2nd, 2015

"Can two people with opposing world views be soul mates? That's one vexing question posed by David Hare's deceptively intimate, intricate "Skylight"...in this production, directed with compassion and brutal clarity by Stephen Daldry, both emerge as flawed, sympathetic, believable human beings...Whether Kyra and Tom can reconcile or not, this "Skylight" assures us, both will endure — as will the troubled, contradictory world around them."
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April 3rd, 2015

"Though the play’s gender politics show some signs of age 20 years on, Daldry’s production makes the drama and its many social questions feel vital and urgent...Hare and Daldry have a visual language all their own, and it’s as stunning as it is visceral. Seeing this many gifted artists come together is rare, and the results are divine."
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April 3rd, 2015

"The sharp writing has Kyra both peeling away Tom’s many layers, and peeling onions -- the actress cooks spaghetti Bolognese during the first act, and the theater fills with the tangy smell of the sauce. Mulligan slices and dices as she deploys Hare’s complex dialogue...Nighy, reprising a role he first played in 1997, is excellent; full of that nervous energy that makes him so much fun to watch."
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April 2nd, 2015

"Mulligan, a spectacular Bill Nighy, the marvelous newcomer Matthew Beard and the director Stephen Daldry make alchemy onstage with their own red-hot talent. Funny, poignant and insightful, the West End transfer "Skylight" is a full meal in a place where appetizers often pass as entrees."
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April 2nd, 2015

"In the thought-provoking, insightful "Skylight" - now on Broadway in a West End transfer starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy - playwright David Hare explores the way we forge our experiences into the stories we tell about ourselves, and how those narratives can break down or blossom when exposed to another point of view."
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April 1st, 2015

""Skylight" isn’t some exhausting O’Neill-like epic, but it is an intense experience. It picks you up and hurls you along for two hours, and then resolves with such dramatic rightness that you walk out completely satisfied and at the same time all shook up."
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July 4th, 2014

"The sometimes anguished, sometimes heart-shatteringly funny weighing of their inner and outer worlds translates into two impeccably chiseled hours onstage...One of the most intelligently sentimental love stories of our time...a nigh perfect production. Be ready to cry."
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June 18th, 2014

"A play in which politics and passion are so tightly intertwined as to be inseparable; Everything about this production is finely judged...Hare's play hits you straight between the eyes with its mixture of private pain and public rage at our profoundly polarised society."
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June 19th, 2014

“It’s invigorating stuff, galvanised by the powerful chemistry between them. There are moments of rhetorical thinness and Daldry’s production doesn’t feel desperately light on its feet. But ultimately it works – because of the performances, because of the political relevance, because of the passion in the writing.”
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June 18th, 2014

"A splendid revival...The actors beautifully trace the arc from the thaw of verbal sparring as Kyra cooks spaghetti bolognese, through rekindled passion to the final bout of full-blooded ideological jousting in which one's sympathies are swung one way and another...And if they win the odd round of applause, it's because the play is speaking with a discomfitingly renewed relevance."
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June 19th, 2014

"David Hare’s prickly, intelligent mid-Nineties play has plenty of guts and heart...Skylight packs real emotional punch and is often at its funniest when most angry. The writing has a fierce psychological sharpness."
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June 21st, 2014

"For nearly 20 years, I have been arguing with Skylight. Last week I was won over. Stephen Daldry's production is a debate that dances, a high-velocity encounter between two exceptional actors. It convinced me that this is a pivotal play."
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June 20th, 2014

"A pitch perfect revival of Hare’s 1995 play...Complex, thrilling and provocative, its human heartbeat is just as loud as it ever was."
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June 19th, 2014

"David Hare is best known for slightly worthy state-of-the nation plays, often absorbing, always meticulously researched, but sometimes lacking in the blood and guts department. That is emphatically not the case with Skylight, thrillingly revived by Stephen Daldry in a knockout production...There is a bruising emotional truth in the writing, and a zinging, stinging mixture of wit and anger."
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