Openings: ‘Skintight’ in New York

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As he proved in his plays Bad Jews and Significant Other, award-winning upstart playwright Joshua Harmon, 35, has keen senses of both humor and tragedy, finding the genuine humanity in how our insecurities can turn moments of hilarity in an instant to heartbreak. His new play, Skintight, sounds like it will continue to tread that line: it’s the story of a woman who turns to her father, a famous fashion designer, when her ex-husband gets engaged to a much younger woman–only to find that her dad may have a set of unexpected romantic entanglements of his own. It’s an examination of the paradox that is our culture of superficiality which keeps insisting it’s what’s on the inside that counts, with a uniquely compelling leading lady: Idina Menzel, the Broadway belter who, here, will let her ability to balance the steely and the delicate shine. May 31- Aug. 26; Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th St.