I would be interested in picking up a SE Play from VZW but I am not a huge fan of the vanilla android build. I kinda like it to be skinned with something (Sense, TouchWiz, etc.) and then chose from there with what I'd like to do. I am not well versed in rooting devices so I'd like to stay away from that if possible. However, is there a way to get the Timescape(Or the SE UI) on the Xperia Play for VZW?
Rooting is irrelevant with this phone right now anyway as the CDMA Play can't currently be rooted. Have you looked into any of the launchers available in the market? Most offer skins you can download to give your phone a nice look. Also, they offer great customization. I use GO Launcher, they have great scrollable widgets, as does Launcher Pro. Check them out.