Part recess, part ritual, part recruitment, "Skinnamarink" is Little Lord's absurd and vicious take on American education and indoctrination. More…
"Skinnamarink" is based on “McGuffey's Eclectic Readers,” a series of American schoolbooks used to teach children how to read from the 1830s to today (yes, to today). Pre-dating the pastel-colored/everybody-happy world of "Dick and Jane," these brutal little books helped shaped the minds and behaviors of Americans for generations. Transforming New York Theatre Workshop’s 4th Street Theatre into a little one-room schoolhouse of horrors, "Skinnamarink" questions what kind of people are the most useful in society...and how we handle the rest.
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.
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
See it if you support theater by young ppl working hard with scant material/overworking scant material. Could have been a great 5 min sketch.
Don't see it if you expect a point that's not so obvious, find a joke gets boring when repeated for 75 minutes, or have severe peanut allergies.
See it if A live reenactment of children's "Dick and Jane" readers performed by lively and talented actors in a pulsing, repetitive intense fashion.
Don't see it if It's a series of crude, intense, rhythmic performances, that are angry, intense, and just plain nutty. And peanut butter is actively used--
See it if you enjoy experimental theater; you have terrible memories of school; you're open-minded about entertainment.
Don't see it if you like traditional, linear storytelling; you prefer plays that emphasize plot & character over style & presentation.