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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

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

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?!

85
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever, Funny

See it if you enjoy dramas that result in self-reflection. Is everyone else the issue or is it you?

Don't see it if you are not a fan of dramas about relationships or that are set in the present or recent past.

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.

90
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You enjoy plays, it is not a musical. You’re interested in the theme of aging and beauty. Are interested in lgbtq issues. Like Idina Menzel

Don't see it if You’re not interested in the subject matter of youth and beauty. Are looking for a musical and not a play.

87
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if You like great performances of interesting material which resonates strongly in our culture today; want to see a young actor in his NY debut

Don't see it if You dislike plays with gay themes; prefer fluff/farce; expect Idina Menzel to sing; dislike confrontational family drama; like tidy endings.

80
Entertaining, Fluffy, Well-cast, Eyecandyfordays, Too long

See it if you are an Idina fan and you are also a fan of gorgeous young men in their undies (barely)

Don't see it if you look for substance in a script; not much substance here, alot of surface talk masquerading as character development,

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)

88
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You enjoy the rollercoaster ride of a Josh Harmon dramedy.

Don't see it if You’re not interested in the evolution of a multi-generational, queer Jewish family.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoy a well rounded play beautifully acted. Joshua Harmon is one of the best new writers out there. This is better than the reviews.

Don't see it if you don't like new plays.

Also Excellent actors here - all of them. This may not be plot driven but t... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Another winner from joshua harmon

See it if You like wit and excellent acting

Don't see it if You’re homophobic

72
Funny, Unresolved, Relevant

See it if you're looking for something funny and somewhat light; you're interested in how love and beauty might relate

Don't see it if you want something thoughtful or incisive; are bored with white, wealthy family dramas

Also Skintight is respectably written, respectably produced, and tackles su... Read more Read less

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.

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

75
Funny, Fluffy

See it if you love Idina, who eventually settles into her role.

Don't see it if you hate they gays

Also it was a bit like a slightly lame Neil LaBute, but with less revelatio... Read more Read less

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

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.

Also One of those absurdly talented playwrights who could wring laughs out ... Read more Read less

74
Uneven, Meaningful themes

See it if you are following the work of Joshua Harmon - a kind of gay "thinking man's" Neil Simon

Don't see it if The themes of beauty, society, aging and physical attraction are not of high interest to you

Also Joshua Harmon's plays are so different from each other - my personal p... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Raunchy

See it if you want to see Idina on stage. The acting from the entire cast is wonderful

Don't see it if looking for a deeper show. I didn't really connect with the storyline

80
Funny, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You enjoy a show about love, sex, beauty and aging that’s provocative and funny

Don't see it if You’re expecting Idina Menzel to sing or you don’t enjoy comedy mixed with serious topics.

Also Idina Menzel was superb.

91
Is beauty skin deep?

See it if You like taught, well-written, rapid-fire satire. Joshua Harmon has done it again. The acting is superb, especially Idina Menzel.

Don't see it if There is absolutely no reason not to see this play.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if Excellent dialogue, cute plot, and terrific acting make for an entertaining and at least mildly engrossing evening of theatre.

Don't see it if Much of it is fairly sitcom-like; it doesn't grapple with the serious issues it hints at (of love and relationships) until close to the end

70
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You enjoy plays on current topics with a great cast and set design

Don't see it if You don’t like laugh through the first act only to have a play take a more serious and not for the better somber tone in the second act

78
Great acting, Disappointing

See it if like new plays ad Idina

Don't see it if if you are expecting great things as in their other collaborations.


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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