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The Skin of Our Teeth

From 78 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Relevant, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

About the show

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

Written during the darkest period of World War II, this timeless play has not had a major New York production since 1998. Wilder’s quintessential Antrobus family copes with chaos, and the frustrations of parents and children set against the crises threatening humanity’s survival.

Member Reviews (78)


Ambitious, Relevant, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Absorbing
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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?"

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.

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

Also I especially enjoyed the first act with refugees (including dinosaur, ... Read more Read less

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.

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.

Also In one sense, I'm surprised this won a Pulitzer. In another, it's the ... Read more Read less

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.

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.

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

Great staging, Great acting, Slow, Dated, Thought-provoking

See it if you know and like this odd, disjointed, allegorical play; or just to see Mary Wiseman - as funny and beautiful as the young Lucille Ball

Don't see it if you want your plays linear, fast-paced and fully understandable; this one is not! Yet somehow entertaining and, in the end, hopeful

Ambitious, Unconventional, Thoughtful, Fascinating, Uneven

See it if You're open to deeply unusual works that blend absurdism with philosophy, and tragedy with comedy. It's surprising how fresh the play feels

Don't see it if You're not willing to run with anything that could be thrown at you--a mammoth playing drums, a timeline that spans eons, 4000 year old kids

Also The play continuously felt fresh and new and daring despite being 75 y... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you like plays with lots of social commentary; you are ok with the breaking of the 4th wall; you like non-traditional storytelling

Don't see it if you need a play to follow a straightforward plot; you aren't interested in reflecting on the nature of humanity & family in a surreal way

Also I thought this was brilliant. The cast was uniformly terrific, with Ma... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Funny, Great staging, Edgy, Clever

See it if You're looking for a fresh take on an older play, revived for the right period. You want to be engaged.

Don't see it if You don't like long plays. You're not willing to go on a journey with them.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if you enjoy Wilder's writing, particularly Our Town.

Don't see it if you don't like absurdist work.

Great staging, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Must see

See it if you appreciate a terrific production of one of the most difficult and important plays in American theater. So relevant to today's times.

Don't see it if you don't like experimental theater or long plays.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intense

See it if you like plays that still resonate many decades after they were written. The acting is good too!

Don't see it if You are not into long, kind of surrealist plays.

Thought-provoking, Great staging, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You enjoy contemporary interpretations of classic theater.

Don't see it if You are looking for a straightforward narrative.

Entertaining, Confusing, Ambitious, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see something different and adjusted to the contemporary

Don't see it if you have a hard time following events and confuse easily

Ambitious, Great writing, Epic, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you want to see a thought-provoking, quirky show about the human experience, and be amazed how relevant it is right now.

Don't see it if you can't handle allegories, you can't handle the 4th wall being broken, chaos on stage bothers you.

Also I typically don't like theater that breaks the 4th wall but Wilder's p... Read more Read less

Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You enjoy a classic American play that broke all the rules wonderfully acted, directed and designed.

Don't see it if You only enjoy linear, non-experimental work.

Also Unlike a certain other classic play currently revived on Broadway, thi... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Enchanting, Clever, Epic, Relevant

See it if You want to be reacquainted with anAmerican classic or love Thorton Wilder. It resonates today and is a clever and timely as when written.

Don't see it if You hate absurdist drama, want believable, simple narrative, don't appreciate new takes on the classics

Ambitious, Confusing, Entertaining, Indulgent, Great acting

See it if you like busy meta theater that is fairly well executed.

Don't see it if you don't like being bombarded with lots of ideas at once without much subtlety.

Entertaining, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if You're interested in seeing an ambitious, unconventional play that takes on heavy themes and has some genuinely funny moments.

Don't see it if You find plays with non-linear plots annoying; you're not interested in thinking about the state of the modern world.

Also This classic Thornton Wilder play is undeniably weird in a lot of ways... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Inventive

See it if u like great acting ,direction sets/ are ready to enjoy absurdist theater that makes u think, shudder/cry/ laugh/ have a wonderful time

Don't see it if u expect a dated piece/ this surreal play is very current &real.

Absorbing, Delightful, Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You love creative design and, especially, if you want to see a brilliant take on a difficult script.

Don't see it if If you have no patience for heightened language, or a circular plot.

Also MVPs: Cesar Alvarez, theatrical composer extraordinaire, and whoever d... Read more Read less

Clever, Well acted, Resonant, Disappointing

See it if you like Thorton Wilder, no matter how his plays are directed

Don't see it if you remember Robert Woodruff's production and believe that this could be much grittier, relevant, biting.

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 div...
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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...
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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 sag...
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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 w...
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