Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 / 8:00pm (Preview)Skinless
How was your experience?
SKINLESS is spine-tingling, as if one's skin really has been removed and each raw nerve ending is open to the cold night air. Stage right, a modern-day feminist academic tries to downplay the significance of Zinnia Wells, a long-dead female pulp writer, yet her protégé is determined to research and publish her dissertation on Zinnia. Meanwhile, stage left, Zinnia and her sisters lives unfold in haunting, edge-of-the-seat detail, along with the legend and lore of the local skinless tribe. The acting (especially of the gothic sisters) is intense, as if they are inside the skins of each character, each quite different, yet profoundly drawn to one another in an obvious bond of affection, and drawn as well to Zinnia's eerie, lovely stories. The story and acting are stellar, the costumes are perfect, the set is amazing -- no detail has been forgotten in making this play work, so that I felt lost in the story, shocked as the lights came up for the intermission, and deep in thought long after I left the theatre. Needless to say, this is one to see!