Skeleton Crew
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Skeleton Crew
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Skeleton Crew NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(146 Reviews)
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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Member Reviews (146)

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876 Reviews | 906 Followers
80
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Poignant, Intense, Relevant

See it if Moving realistic story of economic & identity struggle and loss. Great writing/acting. Relevant and painful.

Don't see it if you are up for lighter fare tonight. Issues treated might hit too close to home.

965 Reviews | 339 Followers
80
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious, Moving

See it if you like workplace dramas. The characters are well-drawn, as are the conflicts. You feel for all as they face the decline of their industry.

Don't see it if you want a perfect script. This could have used some cuts. Still, it was compelling and elucidating...and very well staged/acted. Read more

952 Reviews | 387 Followers
90
Relevant, Intense, Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if You like topical character driven drama. Great acting and direction.

Don't see it if You're looking for light and fluffy. This show has something to say.

470 Reviews | 112 Followers
83
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if You want a well-acted realistic drama, and to see the pain of the workers and their life issues.

Don't see it if You're offended by frank language/discussions.

464 Reviews | 128 Followers
88
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if You like Plays set in the workplace of a lower class population using heavy street dialogue and accents. You like realistic plays.

Don't see it if You can't deal with heavy, unsubtle street talk. You dislike even a few moments of rap music used to set the tone and time of the plot.

431 Reviews | 131 Followers
92
Gripping and fine, Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Relevant

See it if You like beautifully rendered characters, you care about societal issues, you like realistic drama that unfolds carefully and true.

Don't see it if Uncomfortable with economic struggle, street dialect, topical story lines. Want fluff, easy answers. But this one's worth seeing, folks. GO.

432 Reviews | 127 Followers
85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy well written, excellently acted drama with engaging characters and a relevant plot.

Don't see it if you have difficulty with heavy accents and fast-paced lines; dislike story lines that make you think and feel.

414 Reviews | 74 Followers
89
Relevant, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you like relevant, social conscious plays with great acting, and if you can feel empathy towards others

Don't see it if you want to escape social problems and just want light entertainment

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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