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  The Skin Of Our Teeth at The Greenhouse Theater Center

The Skin Of Our Teeth

The Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N Lincoln Avenue Chicago

Meet the Antrobus family: American suburbanites George and Maggie, their talkative maid Sabina, and their children Gladys--and Cain! This redoubtable family narrowly survives one end-of-the-world disaster after another, from environmental catastrophes, to refugee crises, to military conflicts--and all by the skin of their teeth. Join the amazing journey of fortitude, fate, and hope that is human life, in Thornton Wilder's epic vaudevillian tragicomedy.

Thru - Nov 12, 2017

Thu, Oct 19: 7:30pm
Fri, Oct 20: 7:30pm
Sat, Oct 21: 7:30pm
Sun, Oct 22: 2:30pm
Wed, Oct 25: 7:30pm
Thu, Oct 26: 7:30pm
Fri, Oct 27: 7:30pm
Sat, Oct 28: 7:30pm
Sun, Oct 29: 2:30pm
Thu, Nov 2: 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Fri, Nov 3: 7:30pm
Sat, Nov 4: 7:30pm
Sun, Nov 5: 1:30pm
Thu, Nov 9: 7:30pm
Fri, Nov 10: 7:30pm
Sat, Nov 11: 7:30pm
Sun, Nov 12: 2:30pm

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 773-404-7336

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  The Skin Of Our Teeth Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...this is a smart and engaging take on a play that offers a lot of ways to go wrong in the wrong hands. Vanderwarker treats each of the three acts as discrete parts of a triptych that adds up to an engaging and oddly hopeful portrait of how we manage to keep going. “The end of this play isn’t written yet,” O’Sullivan’s Sabina tells us at the end. Maybe we can find a way to set things right again. For a while, at least."
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Kerry Reid

Stage and Cinema - Highly Recommended

"...It’s nearly three hours of sweetly subversive entertainment, an irresistible charmer not afraid to ask hard questions or offer intriguing solutions. Our “eternal family,” as he put it, has never so needed Wilder’s rueful comforts or ethical encouragement. He knew that this play “mostly comes alive under conditions of crisis.” Right now it couldn’t be more required."
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Lawrence Bommer

Around The Town Chicago - Recommended

"...This production is one that many will love, but is a long one. It is three acts, each close to 45 minutes with intermissions that came close to 15 minutes between. Part of this is the Greenhouse Theater Center facility. There are limited restrooms (downstairs) and the refreshments are also downstairs in the lobby. Long lines for both make it harder to resume in less. But three hours of theater, well done is better that attending a sporting event of the same length, or longer and sure beats most films."
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Alan Bresloff

NewCity Chicago - Recommended

"...Everything old is about the same again in a production that is still strange and still strangely relevant seventy-five years after its premiere. Perhaps this is because the conditions presented adhere so closely to Biblical norms, both the social conservatism of a nuclear family governed by its male leader and Old Testament violence that manifests as catastrophe or murderous intent. “The earth’s getting so silly, no wonder the sun turns cold,” exclaims the put-upon Mrs. Antrobus, who keeps the home fire burning, mostly obeys her husband and whose expression is limited to a letter she has written, containing “all the things a woman knows,” to be littered in the rising sea. Under Kristen Vanderwarker’s direction, Wilder’s play is disturbingly familiar farce."
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Irene Hsiao

Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...This long-awaited production by Remy Bumppo Theatre doesn’t disappoint, but it might’ve done well with a bit of gentle editing. Today’s audiences aren’t used to sitting through three long acts; but they’re rewarded by the unexpected humor and profound wisdom that Director Krissy Vanderwarker has coaxed out of this allusion-heavy script. Strong characterizations, artistic technical support and a timely message make this production an appropriate, much-appreciated evening of theatre for today’s generation."
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Colin Douglas

Chicagoland Theater Reviews - Recommended

"..."The Skin of Our Teeth" can claim relevance because it touches on modern concerns like environmental challenges and the problem of refugees. Burt we have been bombarded with so much crisis news and so many conflicting and partisan solutions that Wilder's advice to humanity to just keep soldiering on sounds simplistic. Still, the playwright's heart was in the right place. The play runs a little long, though it profits from bits of updating to bring the script humorously into the new millennium. Some viewers may leave the theater unimpressed, but "The Skin of Our Teeth" is a one-of-a-kind work that attempts to address crucial issues in a distinctive offbeat style. In that sense it deserves respect and support."
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Dan Zeff

Third Coast Review - Recommended

"...Director Krissy Vanderwarker has done a splendid job of choreographing the madness, from tragedy to burlesque comedy. Most of the performances are excellent, with O'Sullivan as Sabina, Linda Gillum as Mrs. Antrobus, and Alvarez as Esmeralda, the fortune teller, being examples. Kayla Raelle Holder also did a fine job as Gladys on the evening I saw the play, filling in for Leea Ayers."
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Nancy Bishop

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   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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