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SKiNFoLK: An American Show

From 2 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Ambitious, Great singing, Absorbing, Refreshing

About the show

The Bushwick Starr and National Black Theatre present this world premiere, a wide-sweeping concert/play that explores the questions and limits (?) of blackness, performance, and country. More…

From the show:

YOU. Yes, you. Whoever and however you are. You follow me through low-hanging roots and vines. Are you in ancestral woods? A juke joint? All of the above/below? YOU are in SKiNFoLK: An American Show, a wide-sweeping concert/play structured in seven movements that explores the questions and limits (?) of blackness, performance, and country in a sensuous and reflective cabaret experience. As the music sounds, you drop down into this ritual of liberation, bearing witness to the playwright-performer's identity, heritage and legacy as a black woman in this America. This play collides with blues, jazz, neo soul, pop, rock and spiritual black legacies. What will you see in the archive? Who will you meet? What is down at the root? What color is the sky again?

Member Reviews (2)


Entertaining, Ambitious, Great singing, Absorbing, Refreshing
Avg Score

Great singing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if You enjoy great soulful music & musicians, outstanding lighting, and a deep thoughtful story discussing skin / race / identity

Don't see it if You dislike theater in the round or need a very straightforward story (it’s a bit abstract).

Refreshing, Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You are a fan of plays similar to those written by Ntozake Shange, musicals about family and identity.

Don't see it if You want a linear, traditional musical.

March 6th, 2020
CRITIC’S PICK. "In ‘Skinfolk,’ the Joys of Blackness Burst From the Earth: On a set that transforms the Bushwick Starr into a cave beneath a tree, Jillian Walker tells a story of her family, and of blackness in America, that aches with hope."
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March 6th, 2020
"That’s Really Mom Up There: 'Suicide Forest' and 'SKiNFoLK'"
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