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From 9 critic and 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.

Front Row Center

“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 for the wonderful music that underlines and highlights each scene...This is an evening of joy. Joy of humanity, joy of art, and joy of the theater and all that it brings to our lives.” Full Review


“A diverse and nuanced collection of scenes that kept me on my toes and involved, constantly surprised, delighted and charmed...This ensemble is a tight knit...They are utterly mesmerizing...Baumwoll has crafted a delicious work that incites wonder and a sense of awe at the human body’s ability to tell a story – unadorned and sans artifice....I was transported, transfixed and tickled. This is a wonderfully executed, well thought out and beautifully performed program.” Full Review

Stage Left

"Making mime cool again...Bringing its imaginative form of silent storytelling to new audiences by both embracing modern sentiment in substance and form, and honoring tradition...'Skin' is imbued with wit and pathos, inviting the audience to imagine alongside the performers, and telling stories both sweet and sad—choreographed and performed with an exuberant energy and a big heart...The joyful spirit of this company is irresistible." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

“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 their age-old art form, BKBX clearly makes a point to stay current and relevant...BKBX’s ‘SKIN’ epitomizes what theatre strives to have: the element of surprise.” Full Review

The Reviews Hub

"A singular experience in the power of silence and signal...’Skin’ takes on the various connotations of the titular word. The vignette structure is dramaturgically sound, with excellent create dynamics in tone and tempo without giving the audience aesthetic whiplash...The work of the ensemble is stunning and strikes the delicate balance of appearing effortless while showcasing the talent of the performers...An engaging, memorable production.” Full Review


“An evening of terrific stories out of nothing but their bodies, their mime-mask faces, and a couple of boxes...Some stories are very short...Some are funny, some satirical. Some explore memory, consent, perception; some, love, loss, expectation. They’re all good...Several of the stories cut pretty deep...The ensemble give uniformly terrific performances, and you can feel the smashing success of a group of people who know how to collaborate deeply and well...’Skin’ will charm you.” Full Review

Manhattan Digest

"It is up to the members of the troupe to tell a story only with faces, bodies, and music, asking its patrons to 'listen' in a whole different way. Through the course of 15 shorts, it does just that, to the delight of the audience...It was possible to miss the intent and get lost in some of the longer scenes...By and large, however, the vast majority of the scenes were successfully playful, humorous, charming and full of ingenuity...Treat yourself to the distinct pleasure of seeing a 'Skin.'" Full Review


"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, it's seen as a joke. But this show has a fun, cool, buoyant vibe that reminds audiences that the genre needn't be just a punchline, but something that can actually pack a punch." Full Review

The New York Times

“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 solipsistic, more about the performers celebrating what they could accomplish through mime and less about nuanced explorations of the topics at hand.” Full Review

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)

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

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

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.

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

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.

During previews
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.

During previews
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

Cast & Creatives (10)