ASHLEY STEEDstage raw and la bitter lemonscertified reviewerJune 22, 2017
Inspired by the true story of Lucy, Chimpskin is about a chimpanzee that was raised as a human by psychoanalyst Maurice and his wife Jane Temerlin. They raised her for 11 years, and when she became too difficult to take care of, abandoned her in an African chimpanzee colony. This devised piece by the Puckwit Gang beautifuly depicts her life story through evocative movement, haunting music, and strong performances from the ensemble. Special mention is necessary for Damla Coskun as Lucy: her movements are specific and chimp-like while bringing a humanity to this creature who is eventually abandoned by her “parents.”
Director Ben Landmesser allows inventive movement to tell the story when words aren’t enough. Most effective is the use of whi...