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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 (288)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Thought-provoking

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

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.

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

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

65
Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Raunchy, Slow

See it if you’re a huge fan of Idina Menzel and will see anything she’s in.

Don't see it if you want to see plays with a solid storyline or shows with a point to their purpose.

Also Performance as individual actors, I thought was good, but I thought th... Read more Read less

67
Indulgent, Fluffy, Funny

See it if You're an Idina completist. You like character driven shows set in contemporary times.

Don't see it if You want to love the characters. All of them are vile or insipid in their own ways.

65
Funny, Great writing, Slow

See it if You like Idina Menzel and want a play about complicated family relationships.

Don't see it if Don’t like spoiled or shallow characters

55
A trifle, Privileged unsympathetic characters, A chuckle for the jewish & gay 1%, Unless you are part of the jewish and/or gay 1%, skip it

See it if You are part of the privileged Jewish and/or gay 1% and have a sense of humor about yourself. Desperate to see Idina Menzel do a non-musical

Don't see it if You are looking for a play with relatable and sympathetic characters. You don't want to see fictional Calvin Klein's family whine.

60
Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You like intelligent comedy

Don't see it if would prefer not to spend 2 hours on the subject of gay relationships

Also too long, too gay, not up to the standard set by "Admissions"

65
Disappointing, Great acting

See it if If you're a fan of Joshua Harmon's plays. I gave it 65 for the splendid performances & witty dialogue.

Don't see it if You're not interested in another take on how we're an age obsessed society.

67
Funny, Great acting, Excruciating, Indulgent, Thought-provoking

See it if you're in the mood for a comedy with some explicit sexual content, themes of LGBT May-Dec romance & modern family dynamics.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with the themes noted above or nudity, are looking for a fast moving plot.

Also I'm a big fan of the playwright Joshua Harmon's past work (particularl... Read more Read less

55
Disappointing

See it if you're OK with a play that is more social commentary about looks and beauty, than is a play with an interesting plot.

Don't see it if see above.

67
Quirky, Cliched, Dated

See it if you enjoy messy relationships among a group of highbrow and superficial neurotic narcissists (are there any who aren't neurotic?).

Don't see it if you're looking forward to deeper reflective drama that isn't achingly "twee." Just too cute for its own good.

Also I've seen "Bad Jews" and "Significant Other" and found "Skintight" the... Read more Read less

50
Cliched, Disappointing, Raunchy, Great acting

See it if you love Idina. Don’t care much of the story. But it is well acted

Don't see it if you like to see a play where you can root for at least ONE character - geesh! all of them were insufferable.

68
Great acting, Relevant, Indulgent

See it if You're interested in a take on the roles of youth and beauty in relationships.

Don't see it if you're looking for characters that deviate significantly from Harmon's other plays (while some are new, others are similar to plays past)

69
Ambitious, Cliched, Intense, Thought-provoking, Indulgent

See it if you are a passionate fan of Idina or the others, you are intrigued by exploring definitions of beauty, youth and family, & oh, that set!

Don't see it if the histrionics got in the way of depth, the subjects of the play were intriguing but the playwright didn't take us anywhere new or helpful.

60
Banal, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if If you are a fan of Idina Menzel. It's a nice vehicle for her and the overall performances are good.

Don't see it if The play's message, that beauty matters more than anything, appears to be the author's hang up. Don't need a 2 hour dissertation on this.

61
Funny, Slow, Cliched, Some good acting, Disappointing

See it if you are a big fan of Idina & would see her in anything, even if her character flawed; you're grappling with questions of love/relationships

Don't see it if you don't care about romantic travails of rich people; you aren't comfortable with stage nudity; you want to see only likeable characters

65
Funny, Insipid, Cliched, Banal, Clever

See it if you like talented actors try to make the most of an interesting premise, and want decent laughs. Gay audiences will get the most from it.

Don't see it if you don't like seeing unlikeable people wrestle over the surface of interesting problems, or can't deal with some fairly cliche writing.

60
Disappointing, Slow, Pointless, Insipid, Sporadically funny

See it if You enjoy an interesting set, gay characters, family conflicts and Idina

Don't see it if the tale of an upset women who lost her husband to another woman and goes "home" seeking comfort only to be surrounded by a gay father, his

Also young gay lover and a gay son. The characters are insipid and the stor... Read more Read less

68
Disappointing, Great acting, Edgy, Funny, Relevant

See it if You want a show that is great until the last 15 minutes, when the message becomes that its better to be pretty than nice. Sensational acting

Don't see it if ???

60
Raunchy, Banal, Funny, Slow, Indulgent

See it if You want to see Idina Menzel on stage - shes the best part of the whole show

Don't see it if You want to see a deep, meaningful play with great acting by the whole cast; this one is very simple with some horrible performances

69
Solid acting, funny moments, too long, too vacuous

See it if there are certain famous people in the show you just have to see or seeing every Joshua Harmon show Roundabout produces is an absolute must.

Don't see it if you want something profound.

69
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You love Adele, er, Idina Menzel

Don't see it if You don’t love Idina Menzel: cast is fine, but show’s a bit... not much. not enough for long stretches when Idina seemingly disappears

50
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you want to see Idena play a character that makes Elfaba seem like Glinda.

Don't see it if you want to hear. Bad audio; rarely have trouble hearing; at interval many people sought an assistive hearing, which had run out


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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