According to Lincoln Center's new LCT3 project at its slogan, it takes "New Audiences for New Artists." It also takes new critics, hence the establishment of Theater Talk's New Theater Corps in 2005, a way for up-and-coming theater writers and eager new theatergoers to get exposure to the ever-growing theater scene in New York City. Writers for the New Theater Corps are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the off-off and off-Broadway theater scene, learning and giving back high-quality reviews at the same time. Driven by a passion and love of the arts, the New Theater Corps aims to identify, support, and grow the arts community, one show and one person at a time.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Skin Tight

This show is one of the most romantic, beautiful and yet sad stories you might ever come across.

"My flesh burned for you and I thirsted to have you inside my body”. This is just one of the many moving lines from Skin Tight (written by Gary Henderson). This show is one of the most romantic, beautiful and yet sad stories you might ever come across. Focusing on a couple forced to say goodbye to one another, the play highlights all the different aspects of a relationship that most of us know all too well. The silent moments when the two lovers can read each other’s minds, the ability to finish each other’s sentences, acting like children around each other, and the secrets holed away for so many years.

In these ways, Elizabeth and Tom (portrayed by Stephanie Barton-Farcas and James Jacobus respectively) are almost like any other couple. What sets them apart however is their tendency to physically abuse each other and then have that lead directly into sexual behavior. But the violence between them is not at all anger or hate. It is how this particular couple expresses their pain and their fear of what is to come. It is the only way they know how to say goodbye. And as for the sex…well that may be seen as their desperate attempt to get closer before growing apart.

The love between Elizabeth and Tom is at all times real and extremely sad. For a couple with so many secrets, and so many faults, it remains clear how entwined their lives are and how hard it will be for them to live without each other. Skin Tight will tug at your heart and leave you with love on your mind and in your heart.

Looking Glass Theatre, 422 West 57th Street

April 5-23, Wednesday through Sunday nights at 8pm

Tickets: $18.00

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