The Skin of Our Teeth
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The Skin of Our Teeth

The Skin of Our Teeth NYC Reviews and Tickets

(89 Reviews)
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Ambitious, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

About the Show

Theatre for a New Audience stages Thorton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning, tragicomic paean to human perseverance and indestructibility.

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Member Reviews (89)

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712 Reviews | 215 Followers
Ambitious, Epic, Profound, Wacky, Quirky

See it if The human condition, over the entire course of history... sublime, suffering, and ridiculous. Unique material, creatively staged.

Don't see it if The person sitting behind me said to her friend at intermission, "What the hell was that?"

434 Reviews | 95 Followers
Ambitious, Clever, Dizzying, Edgy, Quirky

See it if You like a non traditional story that is clever and quirky and requires a bit of thought on your part. And if you enjoy Thornton Wilder work

Don't see it if You don't like non-linear/circular stories, the breaking of the fourth wall, and are undeniably odd and at times confusing.

437 Reviews | 66 Followers
Entertaining, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want to see a play that was way ahead of its time back in 1942. It predicted the future...TODAY.

Don't see it if absurdity combined with intellect is not your thing. It makes you think.

414 Reviews | 74 Followers
Ambitious, Quirky, Entertaining, Resonant, Great staging

See it if an unusual depiction of human survival over the millennia from Ice Age (set in a suburban NJ house) thru Great Flood in Atlantic City & War

Don't see it if a nonlinear 1942 (avant-garde then) play where the actors get out of character to address the audience; surreal & often loud Read more

323 Reviews | 45 Followers
Ambitious, Dated, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you want to be able to say that you saw a production of this play--it's not produced all that often and it is considered a classic.

Don't see it if you want an emotionally involving show. I found it boring despite the sometimes frenetic pace, the fancy set and the hard-working actors.

287 Reviews | 36 Followers
Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if you are curious about staging a play unwieldy at best and a missed opportunity to be truly relevant. The concept is awesome; execution not

Don't see it if Loud is not youe idea of relevant and reason is your way of communicating. the characters never truly evolve and it is more performance

276 Reviews | 39 Followers
Ambitious, Disappointing, Excruciating, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if highfalutin explorations of archetypes, the exonerating and ineffable power of the human imagination, and cyclical Ages of Man is your cuppa

Don't see it if histrionic overacting, ponderous first halfs, fourth-wall breaking, or jumbled surrealist action (but not thoughts) are not your cuppa. Read more

266 Reviews | 60 Followers
Worthy, Transgressive, Funny, Nutty

See it if You are up to the challenge of a difficult old notable play. From an earlier challenged time, it speaks to us. You will enjoy Mary Wiseman.

Don't see it if You want easy, this isn't that. Art does not exist independent of it's audience. You bring your history & must engage & do your part.

Critic Reviews (21)

The New York Times
February 28th, 2017

“Ms. Arbus doesn’t entirely restore ‘Skin’ to newborn sprightliness. But she makes you appreciate why its first audiences cherished it…It’s as a big-picture production that this ‘Skin’ captures, tickles and distresses the imagination. Ms. Arbus has enlisted a crackerjack production team and a diverse cast of nearly three dozen to fill Wilder’s eternity-sized canvas. The production deploys them with wit and efficiency, while retaining an endearing air of ramshackle spontaneity.”
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Time Out New York
February 28th, 2017

"Having influenced generations of avant-garde theater, Wilder’s nonlinear storytelling and metatheatrical trickery have lost much of their surprise, and his symbolism often feels heavy. Arin Arbus’s staging for Theatre for a New Audience prods this unwieldy epic forward...What’s missing is a more intimate sense of the central family as human beings and not merely archetypes. It’s a treat to see this seminal work on its feet...But the play’s strange comfort has gone a little cold."
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February 28th, 2017

“One of the lasting enigmas of this classic of the American stage that you'll either love or hate…Director Arin Arbus leads a production that is as visually impressive as it is bizarre…Not everyone will appreciate Wilder's idiosyncratic combination of philosophy and frivolity, which sometimes sags under the weight of its own hefty allegory. Still, it is impossible not to appreciate the work Arbus and her cast have put into this faithful revival, a rare opportunity to see this important work.”
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Lighting & Sound America
March 1st, 2017

"Has 'Skin of Our Teeth'...passed its sell-by date?...It's a clever, multilayered premise, dizzily balancing vaudeville comedy with unsentimental conclusions about humanity's destructive impulses, while insisting that...hope still lingers. It must have been something in its day...Arbus seems to wrestle with this problem, adding all sorts of contemporary touches...The result is definitely patchy, especially since Arbus has no real flair for the play's oddball lightly cartooned sense of humor."
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March 8th, 2017

"Thornton Wilder's 'The Skin of Our Teeth,' with its benign belief in the resilience of the human condition, is unlike any other American play you are likely to see. Both heavily influenced by earlier European experiments in theater, it is also influential in itself. While Arin Arbus' production for Theatre for a New Audience at times seems as though it needs tightening up, it is a play that must be experienced in the theater, which is why it has never been turned into a Hollywood movie."
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Theater Pizzazz
March 4th, 2017

"Relevance is the key here. Thornton’s work, remarkable for its time, only holds up in parts. The first act is easier to connect to: stories of hard times, helping refugees and a longing for a better life. But it’s harder for an audience to relate to the remainder of the play...Arbus and the cast do a remarkable job...'The Skin of Our Teeth' is fodder for deep reflection, and though harder to relate to in a modern era, still lays before us an often painful universal truth."
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March 1st, 2017

“If you haven't already done so, get a ticket to see the Theater for a New Audience production...What makes it well worth a trip to Brooklyn?...Pretty much everything!…Director Arbus is as inventive as Wilder's central characters…’While this 'Skin of Our Teeth’ resonates uncomfortably with our own world, it is a more powerful than ever theatrical experience that will have you laughing and enjoying yourself, even as it leaves you contemplating how to remain optimistic."
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Stage Buddy
February 28th, 2017

"Imaginatively directed by Arin Arbus, Thornton Wilder’s 'The Skin of Our Teeth' is a wildly original, ambitious tragicomedy...The theatrical experience is unlike any you’ll probably have. With all its farcical and absurdist dramatic elements, Biblical allusions, topsy-turvy timeline, and musical interludes, it is a singular production with a universal human story at its core. After all, Wilder wrote it meaning to unite humanity, a sentiment all too crucial in this modern age."
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