March 17 - April 2
Written by: Jon Lonoff
Directed by: Michelle Peterson
In Skin Deep, a large, lovable, lonely-heart, named Maureen Mulligan, gives romance one last shot on a blind-date with sweet awkward Joseph Spinelli; she's learned to pepper her speech with jokes to hide insecurities about her weight and appearance, while he's almost dangerously forthright, saying everything that comes to his mind. They both know they're perfect for each other, and in time they come to admit it. They were set up on the date by Maureen's sister Sheila and her husband Squire, who are having problems of their own: Sheila undergoes a non-stop series of cosmetic surgeries to hang onto the attractive and much-desired Squire, who may or may not have long ago held designs on Maureen, who introduced him to Sheila. With Maureen particularly vulnerable to both hurting and being hurt, the time is ripe for all these unspoken issues to bubble to the surface.
"It's a little Paddy Chayefsky, a lot Neil Simon and a quick-witted, intelligent voyage into the not-so-tranquil seas of middle-aged love and dating." - NYTheatreWorld.com
"SKIN DEEP is poignant, hilarious, a must-see. Although playwright Jon Lonoff's brilliant, bittersweet script is unapologetically sentimental, it's also unfailingly astute -- never backing off from being painfully honest when it comes to just how much insecurity about one's physical appearance impacts life... His believable, poignant, imperfect characters and their individual attitudes about themselves always ring true and hit you right in the heart. However, in the midst of feeling sorry for their emotional plights, you'll find yourself helplessly laughing out loud." Redwood Curtain Theatre (CA) TriCity Weekly (Beti Webb Trauth)
"SKIN DEEP ... proves that love comes in all shapes and sizes ... ." The Old Opera House Theatre Company (WV) DC Metro Theater Arts (Johnna Leary)
" SKIN DEEP is well-crafted, well-executed comedy." - Lake Theatre (NY), Lake George Mirror, Anthony Hall.
Audience suggestion: All ages except small children