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Skin

From 16 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Quirky, Absorbing, Resonant, Funny

About the show

Broken Box Mime Theater (BKBX) activates their unique reinvention of throwback French pantomime to present a 90-minute collection of all-new stories that riff on the many layers of "Skin." More…

Color, consent, border, point of contact, identity, a molting snake. There will be a Brooklyn beard competition, a dance of romance, and a sitcom gone awry. There will be wrestling and zombies. There will be lights, original music, and bodies telling each narrative, weaving them all into an evening of activated imagination and a dive into the deep deep.


Member Reviews (16)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Quirky, Absorbing, Resonant, Funny
84
Avg Score

80
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Refreshing, Unusual

See it if you have never seen a full evening mine performance which are rare now. Interesting physical interpretations of ideas and very funny scenes

Don't see it if you know you hate mine. Most of the work is easily accessible but some pieces are complex & difficult to grasp.

94
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Quirky, Masterful

See it if You enjoy an anthology of short scenes. You delight in masterful physical storytelling.

Don't see it if You want one long narrative. You struggle with vision (there is no text, and may be hard to follow if you cannot see)

90
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Terrific and able ensemble cast, Quirky, Funny, entertaining and refreshing

See it if You're up for a young enthusiastic ensemble determined to make mime fresh, relevant and necessary in our current 21st Century morass.

Don't see it if No reason not to unless your brain has calcified so as not to entertain ideas, possibilities, acuity, other POVs or needs the drone of sound

Also The Broken Box Mime Theatre is a young and energetic ensemble company ... Read more Read less

88
Clever, Absorbing, Resonant, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy unique story-telling. Using classic mime technique to tell stories that resonate with people today. IE online dating.

Don't see it if You're looking for a musical/dialogue or one long-form story. This is Mime. No speaking. Their stories are short, 15 minutes max.

90
Clever, Edgy, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You enjoy some acting with some dance with some movement and being challenged as there are no words!

Don't see it if You want everything simply spelled out and linear

85
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Clever, Funny, Resonant

See it if you want excellent physical theater and storytelling.

Don't see it if you like a good ol' living room play

During previews
85
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if welcome back mime...a lost art.. lighting and music help... cast of 9 hard to single out any as all are very good innovative 90 minutes

Don't see it if location of theater is a problem (but worth the trek..) IT RAINED

During previews
90
Great ensemble work, Great non-textual work, New format, Involving, Renews belief in mime

See it if want to believe absence of aural is compelling, mime is legitimately entertaining, mime got a bad rap, minds of audience will fill in gaps

Don't see it if don't want 2 concentrate on storytelling, want 2 be told what you're seeing, need something loud 2 accompany your visuals, hate clowning

During previews
85
Absorbing, Delightful, Funny

See it if you like mimes & enjoy vignettes representing a variety of human experiences, some funny, some sad, including some very contemporary ones.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional plays, do not enjoy mimes & would not be interested in deciphering some complex, other simple, silent vignettes.

During previews
69
Quirky, Repetitive, Good acting

See it if you would like to support an enthusiastic young group of performers attempting to stretch the parameters of mine performance. Admirable!

Don't see it if you don't care for mime; you expect a thoroughly thought out work. This is more like an acting exercise. Sometimes repetitive.

During previews
73
Entertaining, Fun & funny, Quirky

See it if you like non-verbal performance, classic/not so classic mime, 21+odd very brief vignettes ranging from pop culture to existential dilemma

Don't see it if you need words to understand a story; have an aversion to ambient music & Marcel Marceau

Also I enjoyed this performance, if perhaps it went on a bit too long. Some... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you want a quick and entertaining show and are interested in mime

Don't see it if you don't like mime or non-verbal performances

During previews
76
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Flimsy

See it if You are intrigued by mime and its potential as an art form. You are an actor or are fascinated by the craft of acting.

Don't see it if This is surprisingly artful and entertaining, but less a theater piece than an acting exercise. I found it flimsy, and felt a bit restless.

Also Skin makes a great case for studying mime to hone one’s acting skills.... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if You’re curious about mime. You’re looking for something different from the usual theater experience. I’ve never seen a show quite like this.

Don't see it if You need words. You are expecting a polished work. This felt kind of like watching an acting class.

Also This was an interesting experience. I assumed mime was a dead art form... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Absorbing, Great staging, Ambitious, Resonant

See it if You enjoy stories told in simple but provocative ways (by mimes with funky music)

Don't see it if You need your stories to have words

Also This was my first Broken Box show. I was impressed by the variety of s... Read more Read less

During previews
100
Funny, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Clever, Masterful

See it if you enjoy skillful storytelling without words and props. This is a company that takes mime to another level to tell modern stories.

Don't see it if you might not know what's going on all the time, you don't like using your imagination.


January 25th, 2019
“A sometimes absorbing and sometimes irritating evening of cast-created vignettes, performed by the wildly expressive members of Broken Box Mime Theater...The simpler, goofier sections are a treat...But the weightier sections are confusing and often hollow...These sections...feel heavy and solips...
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January 25th, 2019
"Or course, many theatergoers may have an implicit bias against the very idea of mime. This is understandable if unfair. Mime has long been viewed by many, in the U.S. anyway, as little more than pretentious preening and outsized gesturing by grimacing folks in clown makeup. More often than not, ...
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January 24th, 2019
“A delicious feast of physical storytelling...’Skin’ is an evening of short narratives around the titular theme...’SKIN’ isn't a grab-bag of moments, but a well-curated lineup of pieces. Some are hilarious, some poignant, some will make you go ‘awwww’, and some will make you reconsider. And given...
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January 25th, 2019
“90 minutes of torrential storytelling, quiet storytelling, heartbreaking, truthful storytelling where a simple gesture speaks volumes more than words...BKBX is a company that combines theater, dance and mime...’SKIN’ is creative. It’s surprising. It’s fun...The entire evening is silent except fo...
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