Age is Just A Number… in “Skintight”

Calvin Klein, or any designer, for that matter, craved immortality, attention, romance with a young lover, an artsy pad, and above all, a fashionable lifestyle, although these may appear superficial.  Such is the basis of “Skintight,” now in its run at the Geffen Playhouse.  Idina Menzel delivers a dazzling performance as Jodi Isaac, devoted daughter and mother, wanting the very best for both her dad and son.  In the “sandwich generation,” she helps both her father, Elliot Isaac (Harry Groener) and son, Benjamin Cullen (Eli Gelb), immersing herself in co-dependent relationships.  Elliot is the consummate designer, father, grandfather and forever young lover. He wishes to be both young at heart, and more importantly, yet superficially, young in appearance. Benjamin, wishing to establish his own identity and independence, visits from college and has his eye on his grandfather’s newest lover, Trey (Will Britain), ironically the same age as himself.  Elliot’s latest obsession, is keeping his skin as tight and supple as soft bedsheets, hence his in home Botox/collagen injections, and the apropos title of the play.  This focus will definitely resonate with California audiences of any age.  Inside jokes and innuendos relating to the fashion design industry, as well as the lives, loves, and travails of the rich and famous add a humorous touch to the overall story.  It’s no surprise that this show has been extended due to sold out shows.  For a chance to increase your laugh lines, treat yourself to a performance of “Skintight.”

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About Bonnie Priever Curtain Up!

I am a theatre reviewer extraordinairre. I attend and cover theatres ranging from large to small venues, and every subject from musical theatre to dramatic presentations. Also please check out my reviews at and my email is
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