Skin Jobs

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Reviews: 12

SKIN JOBS follows Kerri (Virginia Tran), an Asian-American visual effects artist in the film industry whose values are tested and career endangered when her best friend Viv (Claire Fazzolari), a white reporter covering Hollywood, threatens to expose the top-secret (and racially problematic) project her firm is working on.

Written by Jim Vejvoda (Wicked/LoyalBuster & Johnny).

Directed by Lee Costello (Transition, Waiting for Grace).

Skin Jobs runs 30 minutes.

5 SHOWS ONLY:

  • Thurs., May 31 @ 9:30pm (Preview)
  • Sun., June 03 @ 2:00pm (Preview)
  • Fri., June 08 @ 9:30pm
  • Thurs., June 14 @ 5:30pm
  • Wed., June 20 @ 6:30pm

Learn more at: http://hff18.org/5132

Contact the playwright-producer on Twitter: @JimVejvoda

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Reviews

"Strong, character-driven dialogue tells a story full of hot-button topics in a way that never feels preachy or like an essay. It would have been very easy for a show like this to lose all sense of character in its desire to make a statement, but the dialogue never lost sight of the characters' objectives and perspectives."

sweet - Kerry Kaz


"Vejvoda's script is intelligent and rings true.  Director Lee Costello has done fine work in shuffling his actresses about a stage that is a tad too small."

sweet - Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com - ...read full review


"It's a very topical and thought provoking look at representation in Hollywood, no matter which side of the debate you're on. Loved the writing (especially the Jurassic Park references), and the passion of both actresses involved."

sweet - Zsuzsa James


"This just might be one of this year's hidden gems. Both actors delivered sparkling performances, and the chemistry between them was very real."

sweet - Bob Leggett - ...read full review


"SKIN JOBS is a searingly honest look behind the curtain into the darker corners of an all-to-often glamorized and white-washed industry. Vejvoda's script is written with a razor-sharp, authentic voice that gets under your skin and stays with you long after leaving the theatre. Would like to see an expanded version of this that plays out over more time and builds upon the dilemmas at the heart of this compelling narrative that — for many in Hollywood — will hit almost too close to home."

sweet - Michael Lloyd Green


"WHAT I LIKED The simple and casual setting. It was like being invited into someone's apartment to witness a private conversation. Both actresses were great and believable. Left me pondering when I've done something amoral just because I was paid to do it and had to make ends meet. Would I be capable of standing up for my principles in a situation when my job depended on it? WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE I wished it had been longer, didn't realize the play ended when it did MY OVERALL IMPRESSION I enjoyed the great acting and how engaging Skin Jobs was. One Asian woman has been tasked with digitally enhance an actress face to make her look Asian, even though she's white and her best friend is shocked that she's actually going to do it. What drove the message home is how much more outraged was her friend than her. Suddenly you're entrapped in their argument and quite decide whose side you're on."

sweet - Victor Sotomayor


"I loved this show! It's an intriguing, thought-provoking play, and yet highly entertaining. It shed light on a serious issue in the movie industry that very few people know about. It was riveting, finely acted by the two actresses, and a deft script by Jim Vejvoda. The turn was so smooth you hardly felt it — until you did. Just an all-around great show."

sweet - blue night perilous night


Matt Ritchey
"Jim Vejvoda's Skin Jobs does a fantastic job of not only tackling a modern cultural problem, but of expertly creating conflict and tension between characters whose arguments are both 100% valid and defensible... With great performances, a great script, and a killer American accent by Sydney native Fazzolari, Skin Jobs is well worth your time. - Recommended"

sweet - Matt Ritchey - Gia On The Move - ...read full review


"There is a delicate balance to exploring themes of white privilege and racism without revealing any sort of agenda as a writer, and Jim Vejvoda's snappy and smart script easily maneuvers us through this journey. I found myself siding with both characters and wasn't entirely sure who was in the right at points. In fact, I was so engaged during the show that I couldn't believe when it was over- which is a testament to how committed the actors were onstage and the excellent pacing of the script. It's time we tell these stories in a way where no one gets off the hook- and I loved that Skin Jobs did this with depth and ease."

sweet - Ayesha Siddiqui


"An amazing show that everyone should absolutely see at this year's Fringe. It is smart, funny, organic, and discusses an important issue that needs to be talked about. The writing was incredible. It flowed so well and was really funny. Shoutout to Jurassic Park! I also thought their use of the stage was well done and all blocking felt motivated. Also amazing chemistry between the two actors! The only thing I didn't like was how short the play was!"

sweet - Peerada Meemalayath


"A succinct, thoughtful half hour show that presents a complicated yet incredibly relevant and important topic! I appreciated the grounded, relatable storytelling – these two women both have good points and bad points, and neither is one hundred percent right or wrong. It's an issue that content makers need to talk about, even if it's messy, which is exactly what this piece tackles."

sweet - Amanda Lloyd


"Skin Jobs is a very smart and thoughtful play. It was succinct and the perfect length to get it's point across and leave the audience wanting to continue the conversation after the show. The story is very current and relatable, especially for those of us in the industry. But anyone, industry working or not, will be invested in this show because it digs into the current big issues in entertainment that everyone sees such as racism and whitewashing in big tentpole films that dominate the box office and movie industry year round."

sweet - Shae Tomlinson


"Since 1915 almost a hundred films have been criticized for whitewashing In a industry that too often focus on maximizing profits Jim Vejvoda's sharp writing and powerful cast, shed light on this issue. Skin Jobs is a extremely smart and relevant play and as someone whose guilty pleasure is big budget summer "superhero movies' it made me think about how my money might potentially be supporting a toxic message. Dialogue felt incredible real, neither forced or scripted, you are mesmerizer by the conflict that plays out, it truly feels like you are in the same room. Virginia Tran and Claire Fazzolari portrayal is of Kerri and Viv is electric, they have tremendous chemistry and it feels like they have known each other for years. Do yourself a favor add this to the list of shows as must see, for Fringe 2018."

sweet - Mike Reyes


"Poignant, with a very strong conflict. Throughout the play, we are conflicted between those two friends and can take side for both point of views. Very A Propos! I loved the conflict and the subject. Something that Hollywood needs to hear!! I loved both actresses who did an amazing job! Throughout the play I was in a constant back and forth between both point of views. What a great subject to tackle! Congrats to all!"

sweet - Katt Balsan


"This was a very honest portrayal about 2 young women trying to figure out how to do the right thing and also pay the bills. The male playwright did a great job writing real women with real problems in the troubling world of media we live in. Would highly recommend!"

sweet - Denise Barrett


"Vejvoda's script is intelligent and rings true.  Director Lee Costello has done fine work in shuffling his actresses about a stage that is a tad too small."

sweet - Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com - ...read full review


"This just might be one of this year's hidden gems. Both actors delivered sparkling performances, and the chemistry between them was very real."

sweet - Bob Leggett - ...read full review


Matt Ritchey
"Jim Vejvoda's Skin Jobs does a fantastic job of not only tackling a modern cultural problem, but of expertly creating conflict and tension between characters whose arguments are both 100% valid and defensible... With great performances, a great script, and a killer American accent by Sydney native Fazzolari, Skin Jobs is well worth your time. - Recommended"

sweet - Matt Ritchey - Gia On The Move - ...read full review


"Strong, character-driven dialogue tells a story full of hot-button topics in a way that never feels preachy or like an essay. It would have been very easy for a show like this to lose all sense of character in its desire to make a statement, but the dialogue never lost sight of the characters' objectives and perspectives."

sweet - Kerry Kaz


"It's a very topical and thought provoking look at representation in Hollywood, no matter which side of the debate you're on. Loved the writing (especially the Jurassic Park references), and the passion of both actresses involved."

sweet - Zsuzsa James


"SKIN JOBS is a searingly honest look behind the curtain into the darker corners of an all-to-often glamorized and white-washed industry. Vejvoda's script is written with a razor-sharp, authentic voice that gets under your skin and stays with you long after leaving the theatre. Would like to see an expanded version of this that plays out over more time and builds upon the dilemmas at the heart of this compelling narrative that — for many in Hollywood — will hit almost too close to home."

sweet - Michael Lloyd Green


"WHAT I LIKED The simple and casual setting. It was like being invited into someone's apartment to witness a private conversation. Both actresses were great and believable. Left me pondering when I've done something amoral just because I was paid to do it and had to make ends meet. Would I be capable of standing up for my principles in a situation when my job depended on it? WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE I wished it had been longer, didn't realize the play ended when it did MY OVERALL IMPRESSION I enjoyed the great acting and how engaging Skin Jobs was. One Asian woman has been tasked with digitally enhance an actress face to make her look Asian, even though she's white and her best friend is shocked that she's actually going to do it. What drove the message home is how much more outraged was her friend than her. Suddenly you're entrapped in their argument and quite decide whose side you're on."

sweet - Victor Sotomayor


"I loved this show! It's an intriguing, thought-provoking play, and yet highly entertaining. It shed light on a serious issue in the movie industry that very few people know about. It was riveting, finely acted by the two actresses, and a deft script by Jim Vejvoda. The turn was so smooth you hardly felt it — until you did. Just an all-around great show."

sweet - blue night perilous night


"There is a delicate balance to exploring themes of white privilege and racism without revealing any sort of agenda as a writer, and Jim Vejvoda's snappy and smart script easily maneuvers us through this journey. I found myself siding with both characters and wasn't entirely sure who was in the right at points. In fact, I was so engaged during the show that I couldn't believe when it was over- which is a testament to how committed the actors were onstage and the excellent pacing of the script. It's time we tell these stories in a way where no one gets off the hook- and I loved that Skin Jobs did this with depth and ease."

sweet - Ayesha Siddiqui


"An amazing show that everyone should absolutely see at this year's Fringe. It is smart, funny, organic, and discusses an important issue that needs to be talked about. The writing was incredible. It flowed so well and was really funny. Shoutout to Jurassic Park! I also thought their use of the stage was well done and all blocking felt motivated. Also amazing chemistry between the two actors! The only thing I didn't like was how short the play was!"

sweet - Peerada Meemalayath


"A succinct, thoughtful half hour show that presents a complicated yet incredibly relevant and important topic! I appreciated the grounded, relatable storytelling – these two women both have good points and bad points, and neither is one hundred percent right or wrong. It's an issue that content makers need to talk about, even if it's messy, which is exactly what this piece tackles."

sweet - Amanda Lloyd


"Skin Jobs is a very smart and thoughtful play. It was succinct and the perfect length to get it's point across and leave the audience wanting to continue the conversation after the show. The story is very current and relatable, especially for those of us in the industry. But anyone, industry working or not, will be invested in this show because it digs into the current big issues in entertainment that everyone sees such as racism and whitewashing in big tentpole films that dominate the box office and movie industry year round."

sweet - Shae Tomlinson


"Since 1915 almost a hundred films have been criticized for whitewashing In a industry that too often focus on maximizing profits Jim Vejvoda's sharp writing and powerful cast, shed light on this issue. Skin Jobs is a extremely smart and relevant play and as someone whose guilty pleasure is big budget summer "superhero movies' it made me think about how my money might potentially be supporting a toxic message. Dialogue felt incredible real, neither forced or scripted, you are mesmerizer by the conflict that plays out, it truly feels like you are in the same room. Virginia Tran and Claire Fazzolari portrayal is of Kerri and Viv is electric, they have tremendous chemistry and it feels like they have known each other for years. Do yourself a favor add this to the list of shows as must see, for Fringe 2018."

sweet - Mike Reyes


"Poignant, with a very strong conflict. Throughout the play, we are conflicted between those two friends and can take side for both point of views. Very A Propos! I loved the conflict and the subject. Something that Hollywood needs to hear!! I loved both actresses who did an amazing job! Throughout the play I was in a constant back and forth between both point of views. What a great subject to tackle! Congrats to all!"

sweet - Katt Balsan


"This was a very honest portrayal about 2 young women trying to figure out how to do the right thing and also pay the bills. The male playwright did a great job writing real women with real problems in the troubling world of media we live in. Would highly recommend!"

sweet - Denise Barrett