4/18/2013 8:49 PM
"The Skin of Our Teeth" follows the Antrobus family through time as they dodge several apocalypses, and somehow survive through ice ages, floods, and wars. Mr. Antrobus, the head of the family, is the leader of mankind. His wife, Mrs. Antrobus stays by his side, supports his cause, and takes care of their two children. Gladys, their daughter, is always trying to please her parents, while Henry, their son (formerly named Cain), has a problem with obedience and a good aim with a slingshot. Throughout time, they are followed by their housemaid, Sabina, who also frequently breaks the fourth wall and acts as the hysterical yet reluctant guide into this complex, centuries-spanning world.
This is one of Thorton Wilder's most complex plays, melding comedy with serious discourse on the recurrent foibles of mankind. As we watch the Antrobuses survive in spite of all odds, the audience the paradoxical urges of mankind to both destroy and survive by any means possible. "The Skin of Our Teeth" is a compelling comedy that will leave any audience member rapt, and struck with the multiple meanings, references and contexts long after the stage lights have gone dark.