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Chimpskin

ensemble theatre · the puckwit gang · Ages 18+ · flashing lights · world premiere · United States of America

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JEN BLOOM certified reviewer June 09, 2017
The ripple effects of art and science are always worth a second, third and fourth glance, because so much changes upon subsequent reflections. This group deserves more resources. I look forward to what's next.... full review
TANYA WHITE certified reviewer June 09, 2017
wonderfully ambitious, thoughtful piece... full review
CHARLOTTE GULEZIAN June 09, 2017
Riveting from start to finish. A lot of people do movement-y thetare and all you see is this attempt to be sort of cool and abstract. THIS is not that. This is story-telling that goes beyond words. Every gesture, utterance, layered use of prop, music piece and shift in character enriches the story and makes it all the more sweet and savage and utterly engrossing. I just LOVED it. Do yourself a favor and get yourself into some chimpskin. ... full review
PAUL BUXTON June 10, 2017
Go see it. Very interesting and enjoyable.... full review
ANTHONY BACKMAN June 18, 2017
CHIMPSKIN is a beautiful and haunting vision of a chimp learning what it is to be human and then cast back into nature. There is much beauty and sadness in this piece.... full review
PAUL MYRVOLD https:paul myrvold's theatre notes certified reviewer June 19, 2017
tagged as: unique · Bold · inventive
An excellent performance piece with stylized movement, mime and the rich sonorous sound of didgeridoo played live in close proximity.... full review
SARA PATTERSON certified reviewer June 19, 2017
This show was wonderfully entertaining. The story was clear and beautiful, due mainly to the strength in the material being based on a true story. Director Ben managed to transport his audience to another time and place with the aid of a long rope and a record player. Everything I would expect to see at the Fringe.... full review
JAMES FERRERO certified reviewer June 19, 2017
Chimpskin takes the concept of physical theatre and stretches it into a fully realized, emotional story. The physicality of the actors is beautiful, as is their versatility when switching characters. Damla Coskun's embodiment of the chimp is spot on, from the way she carries herself to what she does with her facial reactions. The piece moves smoothly and doesn't drag at all over the hour run time. Nathan Nonhof provides fascinating, eerie didgeridoo accompaniment which adds a much more in the moment feel. At the same time, the use of a record player utilizes recorded music that all flows with the piece. One of the most unique shows at Fringe this year, and one of my favorites.... full review
ANONYMOUS June 20, 2017
Chimpskin is a story built with bravery from the ground up and told with a passion that shakes the viewer's core. Based in truth, this play follows a family that has a special dynamic because one member lacks humanity. It has a true marriage of language and action as there is no wasted breath, or sound. The actor's movements share equal importance with the words, while the words are only there to support what we see. A bold union of sight and sound shaped to shake the viewer's heart into a mindset that convicts is to aim higher with our own humanity. Excellence. See this show.... full review
NIKKI MULLER certified reviewer June 21, 2017
This is an absolute must see. (For starters: LIVE DIDGERIDOO! That should be enough.) I came across this show because it randomly fit in my viewing schedule and am beyond delighted that I chanced it. This show takes an already fascinating/disturbing real life story and transforms it into a thought-provoking, transfixing work of theater. The ensemble's strong physical acting, the excellent direction, elegantly simple stage design and haunting musical accompaniment created a total work of art that completely transports the audience in a truly theatrical experience. I cannot recommend this enough: this is what you hope to see when you go into a theater, something that really uses theatricality, not something that pretends to be television. This... full review

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