Skeleton Crew
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Skeleton Crew
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Skeleton Crew NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(147 Ratings)
Positive
98%
Mixed
1%
Negative
1%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing, Thought-provoking

About the Show

After a successful run earlier this year, Atlantic Theater Company brings back Dominique Morisseau’s hit play about four Detroit auto workers during the 2008 recession for an encore run.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (147)

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273 Reviews | 200 Followers
96
Absorbing, Great acting, Wonderful character development, Timely

See it if You like well developed plays with social conscience. You are interested in corporate/labor struggles, how downsizing is killing America

Don't see it if You do not like to think at the theater.

175 Reviews | 20 Followers
95
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you enjoy plays that deal with contemporary social and economic issues. The Broadway-bound Sweat pales in comparison to this production.

Don't see it if you are craving light and fluffy fare.

260 Reviews | 62 Followers
95
Resonant, Masterful, Must see, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to see people of color in strong non stereotyped roles

Don't see it if You are anti union Read more

118 Reviews | 26 Followers
95
Relevant, Riveting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You want to be exposed to people and situations very different than NYC theater goers.

Don't see it if You are a Trump supporter.

95 Reviews | 28 Followers
95
Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if you love a great moral drama with a warm human soul about a community trying to keep each other afloat. Gorgeous, soulful performances

Don't see it if you prefer your dramas cold and cynical

90 Reviews | 23 Followers
95
Masterful, Intense, Riveting, Resonant, Great acting

See it if you want to see expert acting, masterful writing, exploring the pressures of poverty, labor relations, making something out of nothing

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

338 Reviews | 69 Followers
95
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if You want to see a play in which contemporary issues are explored in a thoughtful way in a great production with a great cast.

Don't see it if Can't think of a good reason not to see this fine show.

299 Reviews | 41 Followers
95
Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if If you like a good drama with excellent actors.

Don't see it if You prefer comedies or musicals.

Critic Reviews (25)

Wolf Entertainment Guide
May 25th, 2016

"The financial perils and uncertainty for workers at the mercy of industry pressures are movingly depicted in the earthy 'Skeleton Crew,' tautly written by Dominique Morisseau and briskly directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson...By the conclusion, in-depth acquaintance with the characters has been achieved and the playwright, skilled actors and a knowledgeable director have succeeded in shining a spotlight on a vulnerable slice of America."
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Reflections in the Light
May 31st, 2016

"An engrossing, pertinent script, well acted and directed. Despite a rather depressing atmosphere, made heavy by the threat of unemployment, Morrisseau skillfully weaves humor, friendship and forgiveness into the story...The action on stage may depict issues specific to Detroit's auto industry, but the playwright poignantly reminds us that anyone's life can change in the blink of an eye and the reality is that these characters could be any one of us."
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The New York Times
January 19th, 2016
For a previous production

"Warm-blooded, astute and beautifully acted four-character drama...It is, in many ways, an old-fashioned play: naturalistic, tightly structured and filled with self-defining monologues of vernacular lyricism...It is, in other words, a deeply moral and deeply American play, with a loving compassion for those trapped in a system that makes sins, spiritual or societal, and self-betrayal almost inevitable."
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Time Out New York
January 19th, 2016
For a previous production

"Morisseau’s play is firmly based in the lives and evocative language of its four characters, whom Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s powerful production treats with August Wilson–ian respect. They’re messed-up but decent people, driven by forces that may or may not be beyond their control."
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Variety
January 19th, 2016
For a previous production

"There’s little wrong with 'Skeleton Crew,' that August Wilson couldn’t fix. Like Wilson, this playwright has heart, along with a sense of historical moments that define the lives of ordinary Americans. Her rough-edged dialogue even has a touch of the street poet. What’s missing in the work is a grasp of character-driven dramatic action — although that can still be acquired."
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New York Post
January 22nd, 2016
For a previous production

"'Skeleton Crew,' set in the dingy break room of a Detroit auto-parts factory, looks modest but is deeply affecting...Dominique Morisseau’s drama effectively weaves together all their stories. Flawed as her people are, we root for them — especially since the cast is absolutely terrific. Don’t miss this intimate gem."
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Theatermania
January 19th, 2016
For a previous production

"Morisseau creates characters who don't merely speak, they sing with the vernacular of their community. Rarely has dialogue ever felt so much like eavesdropping on an actual conversation...As for the company, they are collectively impeccable."
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BroadwayWorld
January 20th, 2016
For a previous production

"An engrossing character study of types that add up to a vivid portrait of urban collapse…Morisseau's fluid and naturalistic dialogue and the strong work of director Ruben Santiago-Hudson and his fine ensemble add up to an edgy and engrossing drama that delivers a solid emotional impact."
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