April 28 – June 2, 2007
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The much beloved and recognized Thorton Wilder (Our Town, The Matchmaker and Shadow of a Doubt) brings to life Skin of Our Teeth, an intricate analysis of the human existence through the eyes of historical figures and modern-day men and women. The Intiman’s production of Wilder’s classic play utilizes every resource available to create a stimulating and captivating experience for the audience. An original Intiman element to the widely known play is the character Mr. Antrobus played by Howie Seago’s, a deaf actor, director, producer, teacher and performer.
Seago’s work in the
Photo by Chris Bennion
Also standing out were Anne Scurria (Mrs. Antrobus) and Kate Wisniewski (Fortune Teller and others). Scurria’s aria-like monologues and commanding stage presence bring dynamism to the performance that is not to be missed. Meanwhile, Wisniewski’s comic timing and dramatic precision are not only potent enough for themselves, but also to the degree of carrying several of Mr. Antrobus’ lines.
Bartlett Sher’s direction of Skin of Our Teeth is ambitions to say the least yet extremely effective in its execution. The sheer size and grandeur of his conceptualization is breathtaking from the audience’s perspective. The depth of Wilder’s story and its relevance to our current world is eerily accurate while remaining under its ever-so post-modern lens. Also using Michael Yeargan’s brilliant set design, every element came together effortlessly on the stage giving each aspect its own opportunity to shine and come together in a seamless collaboration.
Thorton Wilder’s Skin of Our Teeth is a classic in its own right and ever more unique in the Intiman’s production. Bringing together all of the design elements with a strong ensemble and Seago’s exhilarating talents, this show is not to be missed.
Review by Nigel Andrews and Rick Skyler