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re: THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH Last Night
Posted by: sergius 10:35 pm EDT 03/19/17
In reply to: re: THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH Last Night - drummergirl 05:14 pm EDT 03/19/17

Sure, drummergirl. I first saw the play in 1975 at the Mark Hellinger (alas). I was very young, but I remember it was directed by Jose Quintero and starred Elizabeth Ashley as Sabina and Alfred Drake and Martha Scott as Mr. and Mrs. Antrobus. I think it only ran a week or so. I'm sure I was confounded by the play itself, but I remember enjoying Ashley who was a Maggie for the ages on Broadway the year before. There's a review of this production on the NY Times website. The Public theatre did the play at the Delacorte in the summer of 1998. Kristen Johnston, John Goodman and Frances Conroy starred. I remember that Conroy, as Mrs. Antrobus, was very good but that the production was, as park productions often are, pretty scattershot. And, as you now know, THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH, can seem pretty scattershot as it is. I never found the play satisfying until this recent production. It could be that, having now lived through some cycles of history myself, I better understand Wilder's intent--and his feeling--but I do think that Arbus was able to make the play cohere where others have failed. The original production, with Talullah Bankhead, Frederic March and Montgomery Clift (!), as son Henry/Cain, must have been something to see. It ran for nearly a year and, of course, Wilder won the Pulitzer.
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