The Skin of Our Teeth (2017) OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    February 28, 2017
    Closing:
    March 19, 2017

    Theater: Polonsky Shakespeare Center / 262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217

    Synopsis: 

    Thornton Wilder won three Pulitzers — the only author to win for a novel, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, and two plays, Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth, which was written just before America entered WWII. The play is about fortitude and the fate of humanity, both at the moment Wilder wrote it and this moment now and at millions of earlier moments over thousands of years. And in a thousand years, if people are still on earth, the play will be about them too.

    The Skin of Our Teeth takes place in a prehistoric world and the New Jersey suburbs. The Antrobus family–George and Maggie, their children, Gladys and Henry, and Sabina, a maid who is also George’s mistress–survive the Ice Age, the Flood, and war. Combining tragedy with comedy, wit, intelligence, imagination, and scenic surprise, the play, as Francis Fergusson wrote, is a “marriage of Plato and Groucho Marx.”

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Skin of Our Teeth (2017)

    In 'The Skin of Our Teeth,' the End of the World as We Know It

    Ben Brantley

    February 28, 2017: The world is coming to an end, and they’re all singing “Jingle Bells.” That may not be your idea of a great musical selection for Armageddon. But as performed by a ragtag chorus of displaced persons in Theater for a New Audience’s spirited revival of Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth, the choice of song feels fitting, resourceful, valiant and — for just those reasons — very moving.

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