We love going to see shows. All kinds of shows.
We're a big supporter of the arts and live entertainment especially, so it pains us to see something as disappointing as Under My Skin, a new play currently off-Broadway at the Little Shubert Theater.
We have seen actors who are starring in this show before in other productions. We know they're good. Real good! Unfortunately, sometimes you're just saddled with really bad material. Such is the case here.
As you might be able to tell by the artwork above, Under My Skin isn't campy and fun. It's cheesy and cheap!
The show feels like a bad romantic comedy from the 1980s that was made for a cable network.
Sorta like Big with health care reform and sex thrown into the mix, the show tells the story of a man and woman who swap bodies and the greedy dude learns empathy and altruism from the noble woman.
Unfortunately, the humor in this comedy is in short supply. The jokes are forced and so often the material is preachy and too obvious. You don't need to hammer the audience over the head and explicitly recap what we should already be feeling and thinking.
Robert Sternin and Prudence Fraser are making their New York debut with this play they wrote. They previously found lots of success writing for sitcoms. So at least they've already accomplished lots and are now pursuing their original passion, theater. We applaud that and despite us strongly disliking this show, we hope they continue to pursue their dreams!
On the bright side, the scenic design by Stephen Dobay was awesome!!!