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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
77
Avg Score

75
Great acting, Edgy, Funny, Relevant

See it if enjoy Idina Menzel or the playwright or like stories about aging and/or love.

Don't see it if you don't like gay stories or are offended by sex talk or curse words.

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

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

75
Amusing, Light

See it if you LOVE Menzel and enjoy a nice distraction.

Don't see it if you're looking for something profound or earth-shattering.

70
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to see an entertaining play about beauty and relationships featuring a strong performance from Idina Menzel.

Don't see it if you want a show that explores more complicated themes and has more well-developed characters.

78
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you're a fan of good writing and direction. The cast is uniformly good

Don't see it if you are bothered by shows with gay characters

76
Tough to watch when you detest the leading character

See it if Well acted with some very sympathetic moments and interesting relationships.

Don't see it if You don't like to watch totally spoiled and egotistic and to me, unsympathetic characters intrude on other peoples lives.

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.

74
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if like Joshua Harmon plays; cast is generally excellent. The show has funny moments--it's enjoyable, just not great

Don't see it if you aren't interested in gay themes or family dramedies or are expecting something hysterically funny

78
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Somewhat cliched

See it if idina proved to be a good comedic actor. The juxtaposition of relationships was interesting, explored may/dec romance, aging and beauty.

Don't see it if At times was slow, not all characters likeable so while grappling with need for attention and deflecting aging did you really feel for them?

73
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great staging, Clever

See it if You want to see Idina Menzel as a straight actor. She is wonderful. The play has some wonderful characters.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate stories about "odd" couples, or family dynamics that are peculiar and far from normal.

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

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

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.

85
Amusing, fresh, engaging

See it if you like light domestic drama with comedic twists. Good cast chemistry with amusing interaction. Indulged son was funny.

Don't see it if you want deeply profound or if you dislike NYC domestic issues.

94
Great acting, Hilarious, Intelligent, Raunchy, Fun

See it if you enjoy a fun, raunchy time at the theatre. This show would make a great FOX sit-com, and Idina Menzel captivates in the lead.

Don't see it if you don't like a comedy about family relationships, Gay relationships or May - December romances. Lots of dicey language.

Also Idina Menzel (Jodi) is more known for her singing, but she certainly h... Read more Read less

70
Fluffy, Relevant, Funny

See it if you like any of the performers or are a Joshua Harmon fan. It is a funny 90 minute show stretched to 2 hours.

Don't see it if you are expecting a laugh-a-minute script. The humor is subtle.

83
Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if A new play that grows on you with actors that deal with sexual situations that bubble around the room. Good cast makes it work.

Don't see it if Once again a gay themed play isn't for you.

82
Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want a uniquely fresh voice for an age old issue.

Don't see it if You don't want sexual topics or cursing in your show.

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

80
Great writing, Intelligent, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy Harmon's writing that introduce various ideas/thoughts through a different lens and narrative. and Idina wasn't half bad

Don't see it if you'd like to see Idina sings, she doesnt

79
Relevant, Resonant, Cliched, Kept my attention

See it if You enjoy plays tackling contemporary issues like aging, beauty, love , attraction, with humor. You are a fan of idina menzel. Nice set

Don't see it if It’s almost 2 1/2 hours. Don’t like plays involving gay love and attraction. New York humor. Sort of based on the designer Calvin Klein

80
Smart, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you enjoy contemporary playwrights & topics. It examines relationships in a contemporary family with fascinating, but unlikable characters.

Don't see it if you need clean resolutions & black & white truths. It's thoughtful without being slow & great for a contemporary audience.

85
Clever, Great writing, Great acting, Cutting, Witty

See it if you like scorching dialogue in a well- acted story about when looks matter the most, aging equals death, and what money can and cannot buy.

Don't see it if you've had it with plays about dysfunctional families. This one is a "hot" mess. Also, it's more cutting commentary than funny.

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.


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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