Skinnamarink NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(8 Reviews)
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Disappointing, Quirky, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

About the Show

Part recess, part ritual, part recruitment, "Skinnamarink" is Little Lord's absurd and vicious take on American education and indoctrination.

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Intelligent, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you want to see a wonderful, absurdist satire on learning by rote, childhood indoctrination & the effect of early grade school primers.

Don't see it if u have a peanut allergy; ur completely unfamiliar with McGuffey Readers [still popular in homeschooling, btw!]; u want traditional theater.

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Intense, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing, Confusing

See it if Little Lord's devised theatre piece views education as a devise for control & subjugation rather than knowledge Adroit cast keeps it engaged

Don't see it if Messy, dense & often puzzling it's still involving & questioning Themes glimmer then vanish Personal relations fall prey to indoctrination

Critic Reviews (7)

The New York Times
March 13th, 2019

"Many contemporary plays feel like live audition reels for television...This one does not, and proudly flies a purely theatrical freak flag...The show constantly plays off the double meaning of the word 'instruction'...Little Lord, which describes its shows as 'junk spectaculars,' practices an open-source approach...These disparate borrowings are integrated into a bewildering whole that is much tighter than Little Lord’s chaotically sprawling previous production."
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Time Out New York
March 14th, 2019

"For about 75 delightfully repulsive minutes, you’ll regret your childhood. Depending on how close the actors get to your row, you may regret the entire concept of children...I don’t want to oversell its qualities: It’s a daffy show. But the downtown ensemble Little Lord tends to make the kind of seeming silliness that worms into your brain and comes out to play long after recess is over."
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New York Stage Review
March 13th, 2019

“’Skinnamarink’ is an absurdist study in indoctrination...Initially childish and playful, the amusing piece gradually turns sinister...The absence of a storyline and the abstract doings of this smart and slyly disturbing work are likely to disconcert viewers who prefer their theater conventional. Theatergoers willing to take an experimental journey will be impressed by the acute performances...even as they later ponder the unsettling significance of ‘Skinnamarink.’”
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Theatre is Easy
March 14th, 2019

"'Skinnamarink' is not for everyone; the wild, stylized nature of Little Lord’s work is distinctive and maybe profound...After a while spent with these lessons, it isn’t entirely clear what they’re meant to be teaching, but it does seem like these students are constantly wrong...Even if the peanuttiness of 'Skinnamarink' isn’t quite your taste, it will likely leave you feelin’ some kind of way about the evolution of education in the States."
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T
March 16th, 2019

"What makes 'Skinnamarink' work so effectively is the commitment to sending up childhood memories of school while commenting on universal brainwashing...Absurdist theater and very, very funny. The entire cast is deadly serious in performing these increasingly silly and manic intervals...The polish exhibited throughout this 75 minute comedy has to be credited to Michael Levinton...It’s ritualistic, symbolic, idiotic and smart...It’s a hilarious blast of brightly vivid creativity."
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Plays to See
March 17th, 2019

"The artists creating it and watching it are no doubt in agreement about the ridiculousness of the educational system, and this consensus plays to its strength and weakness in its exposition of the obvious...About as irreverent and nostalgic as a string of Peanuts comics, but with a larger dose of irony...It’s absurdism, but with a square-ness that keeps it within certain bounds. The commitment to this style is certainly admirable...But it makes for a sort of monotony."
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The Theatre Times
March 21st, 2019

"With great silliness, the show depicts the ridiculous potential of performative learning...The text is easy to laugh at from the vantage point of our cozy, atheistic, hyperlinked twenty-first century...There’s an earnestness in the language too, goofy as it is...Everything theater about childhood should be: nostalgic, embarrassing, unpredictable, and bizarre."
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