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  Second Skin at The Den Theatre

Second Skin

The Den Theatre
1329-1333 N. Milwaukee Chicago

Told in three interconnected monologues, SECOND SKIN (winner of the Kennedy Center's Paula Vogel and Jean Kennedy Smith awards) investigates the fraught relationship between mothers and daughters, and how one mistake can reverberate across generations. When Quinn discovers her estranged mother is dying, she returns to a home she fled long ago. As she cares for her mother, Quinn wrestles with disturbing childhood memories. What is her mother's secret? What do the bedtime stories of Selkies her mother once told her really mean?

Presented by WildClaw Theatre Company

Thru - Oct 13, 2018

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-697-3830

  Second Skin Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...As tight as the writing is, it's the director, Jess Hutchinson, and her three-person cast who make the show. Each actor knows how to turn the screw a little tighter, and a little tighter still, until by the end we hang on the last storyteller's every word. Long after this ghost story was finished, I was haunted by it."
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Jack Helbig

Chicago On Stage - Highly Recommended

"...There are some times when the script of a play is just so darned good that you don't want to say much about it; you just want people to go and experience it. Such a case is the hauntingly beautiful Second Skin, now playing at the Den Theatre in a Wildclaw Theatre production. Kristin Idaszak's moody and poignant portrait of three women in the same family and a darkness that they share captures you from its first magnetic moments and just won't let you go."
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Karen Topham

Picture This Post - Recommended

"...Those looking for blood and gore, flesh-eating zombies and more testosterone-soaked horror may be let down. This production is proudly presented as all-women all the way—playwright, cast, production team, all. While this reviewer can’t quite connect with claims that this is a unique femme powered story and production--- because mom-daughter tensions are ubiquitous plot lines, even in the lightest musical fare, for example—it doesn’t diminish that this is a recommended play, and especially for those who love myths and storytelling and standout performances by highly talented actors."
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Amy Munice

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