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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

47
Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if you want to hear Idina whine. It is an embarrassing display of trite, self-indulgent "acting" on the part of everyone in the cast. Dreadful

Don't see it if You love the theater and believe that it is about challenging ideas and engaging with interesting and potentially difficult subjects

20
Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Overrated

See it if you want to see Idina Menzel in a play and a phenomenal performance by Eli Gelb.

Don't see it if you want a show with depth. The message of the show is underwhelming and unsettling. What will be next, a musical version of Pretty Woman?!

30
Banal, Insipid, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you like superficial explanations of why people love each other.

Don't see it if you dislike shallow stories. I felt like all the characters were spoiled and obnoxious.

Also The one redeeming feature was the actor who played the son. He was hil... Read more Read less

41
Great acting, Excruciating, Insipid, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You want to see Idina Menzel in action without singing

Don't see it if You want a script with enough context to justify why these people treat each other the way they do. Unlikable. The lot of them.

Also Acting is great, but the script leaves them no favors.

20
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You love Josh Harmon plays and want to see all of his work.

Don't see it if You love Josh Harmon plays but don’t want to see his worst work.

Also I loved Bad Jews, Significant Other and Admissions. I hated Skintight ... Read more Read less

49
Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Whiney, Fluffy

See it if you want to see Idina flex her acting chops. See if you don't want a complex story with complex characters. The plot came off very flat.

Don't see it if if whiney, rich, snobbish characters make your skin crawl. If you don't find humor in the elementary.

Also Unfortunately, the play didn't work because the characters have not a ... Read more Read less

25
Disappointing, Dated, Excruciating, Cliched, Shallow

See it if You are willing to take a risk on a limited run play. If you can laugh at stereotyped characters, you might enjoy it.

Don't see it if You expect a comedy about family relationships. I blame the director who neglected to make the characters sympathetic and believable.

24
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if Idina Menzel

Don't see it if She's wasted in the part.

During previews
46
Confusing, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you like Lucas Hnath/Bruce Norris-style plays that are more about the playwright's ideas vs. characters that resemble real people

Don't see it if it would disappoint you greatly to see Josh Harmon fall out of form. At least he's 3 for 4 but man what a whiff.

During previews
49
Indulgent, Raunchy, Slow, Banal, Pointless

See it if you enjoy seeing good actors playing self-absorbed, frequently cruel characters in what seems to me a pointless script.

Don't see it if the message that sex is the total meaning of life is less than intellectually satisfying to you.


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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