Skintight
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Skintight
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Skintight NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(289 Ratings)
Positive
81%
Mixed
16%
Negative
3%
Members say
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Thought-provoking

About the Show

Roundabout reunites writer Joshua Harmon ('Bad Jews,' 'Significant Other') and director Daniel Aukin ('Bad Jews') for this scorching examination of beauty, youth, and sex, starring Idina Menzel.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (289)

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286 Reviews | 23 Followers
100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to watch a masterful cast deliver Joshua Harmon's best play yet.

Don't see it if You're looking for high drama or overall not interested in subtle family dramas.

230 Reviews | 46 Followers
100
Absorbing, Funny, Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you want to see some witty theater. This was so well written, performed and staged. Loved every moment.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with the following topics: Jewish, gay, or large age gaps in relationships. But maybe go to expand your horizons

266 Reviews | 27 Followers
100
Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Must see, Clever

See it if you think Idina Menzel is a marvelous singer but don't know how good she is in a straight comedy, this will be an eye-opener

Don't see it if you don't enjoy comedies dealing with homosexual relationships

314 Reviews | 52 Followers
95
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Must see, Great writing

See it if you enjoy very well written and acted family dramas. The play is as funny as it is poignant.

Don't see it if you don't want to see partial nudity or plays with a gay theme.

127 Reviews | 28 Followers
95
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if Perfectly casted and well written, if you're a theater fan you can't miss this intense play.

Don't see it if LGBT topics/relationships make you uncomfortable and you don't like sarcastic humor or nudity.

73 Reviews | 15 Followers
95
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if you enjoy family dynamics. There's love, jealousy, understanding and tolerance. What one generation discards another picks up.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with May/December relationships, or homosexuality.

95 Reviews | 8 Followers
95
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

See it if you want to see great acting...

Don't see it if you do not like family drama storylines

145 Reviews | 19 Followers
95
Fathers and daughters.

See it if you like comedies that tickle the funny bone even as they touch the heart.

Don't see it if talky plays, however funny they may be, turn you off. Read more

Critic Reviews (38)

The New York Times
June 21st, 2018

"You anticipate a sleekly enjoyable romp: well made, sexy, with a bit of substance yet light enough for a summer evening. A low bar, perhaps, but 'Skintight' clears it...But something’s off, and it’s not the cast...The smoothness of the staging, by the director Daniel Aukin, will keep you from noticing that more and more of those stretches are stretching by without much build...'Skintight' stops well short of exploring, let alone indicting, its characters’ vapidity and historical amnesia."
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Time Out New York
June 21st, 2018

"Harmon gets good mileage out of Jewish anxiety and discomfort; he is not afraid to make his main characters intensely abrasive. And Daniel Aukin’s staging gets laughs where it should...But the play is so tightly corseted by its central concern—'What is so great about hot?'—that its characters don’t have enough room to breathe. It makes good points, but as a human story, it seldom digs beyond skin-deep."
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New York Daily News
June 21st, 2018

"Fitfully amusing but blurry...Joshua Harmon is a smart playwright with a keen ear for zingers...Guided by director Daniel Aukin, the likable cast capably breathes life in Harmon’s unlikable characters. They verbally spar about youth and beauty, wealth and privilege, familial expectations and various other topics. All of the hot-button issues and flashes of flesh don’t quite add up to a satisfying evening...The play never gets more than skin deep."
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Variety
June 21st, 2018

"For a play with serious matters on its mind, 'Skintight' is packed with jokes — droll ones, smart ones, silly ones, and some that are quite moving. The men may have all the laugh lines, but Menzel is marvelous at giving Jodi’s annoying smothering-mother the plaintive air of someone who feels completely at a loss in a world she never dreamed of...The play has no plot, in a conventional sense, which makes it feel loose and baggy...But let’s not take all the fun out of this smart play."
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The Hollywood Reporter
June 21st, 2018

"Harmon certainly has a talent for crafting bitingly arch dialogue that's on ample display here. But this work never quite comes together. The evening feels diffuse and overlong, filled with scenes that offer some laughs but peter out with little narrative momentum...Seems designed more as a delivery system for bitchy one-liners than a comic examination of the all-important role of beauty in our lives. The performances are a mixed bag."
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The Observer
June 25th, 2018

“As a non-singing actress, Menzel is only intermittently successful and so is the play, but both are sometimes sexy and often quite funny...Harmon knows how to fill the stage with people on the verge of nervous breakdowns, and his one-liners are priceless. His problem is that he doesn’t know when to stop writing and give his characters the room to live and breathe...You laugh and you nod at the cleverness of the work, but eventually you long for the talkathon to end."
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AM New York
June 21st, 2018

"The role fits Menzel like a glove and she gives a fine enough performance. The play offers food for thought about society’s shameless attraction to youth and beauty, the mutability of one’s identity and the aloofness of those accustomed to privilege. That being said, 'Skintight' is too often static, slow and messy. It is not on par with Harmon’s other recent comedies."
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NY1
June 22nd, 2018

“Funny and provocative...The play has something of a split personality; trying to be both a black comedy and a social commentary. On the one hand the characters seem too cruel and utterly unlikeable to be real, but in those moments when the author digs beneath their vein skins, it resonates...The play’s success goes to the fine ensemble under Aukin’s incisive direction...Harmon’s humorous insights on our obsession with youth and beauty...bares some ugly truths that speak to us all.”
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