Skylight NYC Reviews and Tickets

(51 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (51)

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244 Reviews | 71 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Exquisite, Intense, Masterful

See it if you enjoy superb theater

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

712 Reviews | 401 Followers
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.

75 Reviews | 10 Followers
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy great acting. The script is so well written.

Don't see it if Is a two person show, essentially. A lot of talking.

62 Reviews | 16 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You want to see emotions and beautiful acting.

Don't see it if You are looking for something upbeat.

105 Reviews | 12 Followers
Dizzying, Great writing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you're a fan of the lead actors, enjoy serious/weighty plays, are intrigued by relationships in turmoil

Don't see it if you want something lighthearted and pain-free

88 Reviews | 37 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if You enjoy great acting, great writing and a compelling story about the effects of a misguided relationship.

Don't see it if A story concerning a much older man and a younger woman trying to make sense of a complicated previous relationship would turn you off.

173 Reviews | 46 Followers
Funny, Great writing, Great acting, Original, Intelligent

See it if you want an intelligent story about relationships & enjoy quick, fast paced, & witty dialogue. It's also outstanding writing & acting.

Don't see it if You dislike the topics of money or class, you're looking for a spectacle, or dislike monologues.

262 Reviews | 116 Followers
Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if For the cast and writing. I love Nighy and Mulligan, but Matthew Beard has proven to be someone new to watch for. Well rounded characters.

Don't see it if You're made uncomfortable by their relationship. You're looking for something lighter.

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 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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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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New York Daily News
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 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 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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