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Skintight

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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. More…

Reeling from her ex-husband’s engagement to a much younger woman, Jodi Isaac turns to her famous fashion-designer dad for support. Instead, she finds him wrapped up in his West Village townhouse with Trey. Who’s 20. And not necessarily gay. But probably an adult film star. At least, according to Jodi’s son. Who’s also 20. And definitely gay. 'Skintight' assays the nature of love, the power of attraction, and the ways in which a superficial culture persists in teaching its children that all that matters is what’s on the inside.


Member Reviews (287)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Thought-provoking
77
Avg Score

70
Artificial, Funny, Superficial, Absorbing, Highly polished

See it if you're interested in classic trade of old men's wealth for youthful beauty. Discussion, tho, isn't well-balanced. Funny dialogue is forced.

Don't see it if you want more than entertainment. Clever lines, well-acted, well-staged, great set...but doesn't add up. Unconvincing resolution. Pre-nup!

76
Ambitious, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Harmon's take on youth/celebrity driven America thru an upscale Jewish family Great ensemble esp Menzel & Gelb with copious black humor

Don't see it if Author sadly glides on the surface of many serious issues causing drama to resemble a Calvin underwear print ad - pretty, vapid & remote

65
Slow, Cliched, Amusing, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a sometimes funny, provocative & revealing play about youth, beauty & privilege that barely penetrates the surface.

Don't see it if you expect Idina to sing (mercifully, she doesn't); very frank sex talk will turn you off; you need at least one likable/relatable character

80
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Fascinating, Surprising, Fragile

See it if you're interested in an exploration of youth, beauty and family that gets you thinking and makes you examine your own beliefs on the matter.

Don't see it if you'd be frustrated by a show that presents all points of view equally and forces you to consider they all could be right.

73
Though an uninspired sitcom, who knew that idina had these comic chops?

See it if Idina is hilarious in 1st act as super-tightly wound, neurotic daughter, shocked by 70 yr old father's relationship w 20 yr old stud

Don't see it if humor abates in 2nd act, results in unrevealing standoff btwn father chasing youth/beauty & daughter seeking faux family closeness

Also Play is loosely based on the life of iconic fashion designer Calvin Kl... Read more Read less

80
Cliched, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Banal

See it if You like argumentative plays that consider both sides of a timeless issue — in this case, a relationship with a big age gap.

Don't see it if You’re expecting Harmon’s usual level of relevant, nuanced plays. This is more predictable & cliched, albeit absorbing.

77
Overwrought, Entertaining, Great staging, Great set, Disappointing

See it if you are a fan of the writer and/or Indina Menzel, who gives an overacted yet amusing, solid performance. Good comic timing.

Don't see it if Not a play to sink your teeth into - wanted more. The play is comedic but more substance would have made it more substantial/memorable.

71
Uninspired, Some good performances, Unlikable characters, A few inconvenient truths

See it if Society demands for beauty, youth, perfection and story of jilted woman going "home" to be comforted by her gay, famous father intrigues.

Don't see it if Don't like explicit talk, gay themes, ageism, family drama/relationships. Expect to care for any character or don't LOVE Menzel.

78
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if you want to see a play with a lot of sharp witty dialogue and some great acting. The comedic parts work better than the more serious scenes.

Don't see it if you don't like deeply flawed mostly unlikable characters. Harmon is making a point about youth/beauty, love/lust but it feels thin.

68
Funny, Great acting, Infuriating, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if 3/4 of this was very funny. Terrific acting, esp. Menzel. A thinly-disguised Calvin Klein character masterfully played by Wetherall.

Don't see it if Harmon puts a vile speech in Wetherall’s mouth about how youth and beauty are the only worthwhile assets and that’s ok. Nauseating.

82
Funny, Indulgent, Entertaining, Uncomfortable, Relevant

See it if you love Idina Menzel, and/or find conflicts surrounding May/December romance interesting.

Don't see it if you would rather skip the ewww moments, of which there are several.

82
Funny, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if You like Joshua Harmon's (Bad Jews) writing. Idina Menzel and Stephen Carrasco have great mother / son chemistry.

Don't see it if You don't like plays with whining, where EVERY character is self centered. You don't buy into the philosophy that looks ARE everything.

Also I loved the character Jodi's (Idina Menzel) battle to not define herse... Read more Read less

79
Funny, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Fluffy, Raunchy

See it if Funny, raunchy, fast-paced exploration of holding onto youth, lust vs. love, & what makes a family. Entertaining but shallow.

Don't see it if I felt like I was watching the Kardashians; the average person can't relate to their level of wealth & indulgence or their problems.

85
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like to pepper your social commentary with some good laughs. Idina is great, even if she didn't sing.

Don't see it if you don't like intelligent comedies.

85
Clever, Funny, Stereotypical characters

See it if you want to see a play that goes beyond what's on the outside. Act II in particular.

Don't see it if you don't like to see stereotypical characters that can be grating at times. In particular, Idina's character.

78
Long-winded, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you want great performances (esp. Menzel, Brittain, Gelb) in a witty play about youth, beauty, love, lust, and aging in relationships.

Don't see it if you want concise/tight story-telling. This is clever, timely ideas packaged in an occasionally long-winded -- albeit well-staged -- play.

73
Disappointing, Cliched

See it if Like Josh Harmon family dramas

Don't see it if Too much characters and not much depth

82
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if Another entertaining,thought provoking play from Joshua Harmon. The cast is excellent.Idina Menzel excels in a non musical role.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of Harmon's plays.

53
Disappointing, Ambitious, Just not the proper theatrical vehicle to really showcase the talents of idina menzel

See it if you are interested in see the ass of Will Brittain in a jockstrap. It's kinda worth the price!!!!!!

Don't see it if you are a fan of Idina Menzel. She doesn't sing even one note in this production and plays second fiddle to a young hot guy in a jock strap

84
Real characters, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like smartly written shows that have very real, flawed characters providing commentary on how we view beauty...or an Idina Menzel fan!

Don't see it if You prefer musicals or don't like shows that hold the mirror up (no pun intended) and comment on real life views.

Also I was very entertained by the smart writing and great performances in ... Read more Read less

78
Talky, Strong performances, Funny, Bloated, Banal

See it if Explorations of how beauty drives relationships interests you.

Don't see it if You’re expecting a taut script with a fresh point of view.

Also The play features his trademark self-involved characters and ruminatio... Read more Read less

78
Entertaining

See it if Bitter divorcee bickers with dad's new bf who's 20, the age of her son. She tries to argue that lusting for youth isn't enough, but loses

Don't see it if Gay relationships annoy you. Self-centered privileged princesses (Idina's character) annoy you.

Also Ticket from HipTix for $25. Last row of orchestra, partial view when t... Read more Read less

65
Funny, Unfocused, Raunchy

See it if you like contemporary family dramas

Don't see it if the psychosexual angst of the 0.1% doesn't grip you

83
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Quirky

See it if Deftly constructed in different layers that gives each major and minor character their own dimension; all attitudes and actions are plausibl

Don't see it if Resorts to a shrill bitchiness at the beginning for comic effect

80
Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like the cast—IM is a real comedian in a non-singing role, and the entire cast is wonderful. If you’re a Joshua Harmon fan—worth it.

Don't see it if You want Joshua Harmon’s best work. It’s entertaining, but not a must see like Bad Jews or Admissions. It’s sexual, comedic, but lightweight


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 no...
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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 do...
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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 deli...
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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 com...
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