REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Rape of the Sabine Women, By Grace B. Matthias” Opened with a ShowScore of 76

Show-Score | Sep 11, 2017
“The Rape of the Sabine Women, By Grace B. Matthias,” written by Michael Yates Crowley and directed by Tyne Rafaeli, opened on September 10, 2017 in New York City. “The Rape of the Sabine Women, By Grace B. Matthias,” written by Michael Yates Crowley and directed by Tyne Rafaeli, opened on September 10, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

4 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 72.

Jesse Green 
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 65 
"A serious effort to dramatize a rape and its repercussions, it also dares itself to be a satire, a high school comedy, and a coming-of-age story...That’s a lot for a play to be, and the mix is not always comfortable...That Grace emerges as a well-rounded character is partly the result of the touching conviction Perkins imbues her with...The meant-to-be-funny material is too unsophisticated...That’s a shame because other elements, sticking closer to the main story, remain fresh and challenging."
Hayley Levitt
Theatermania
ShowScore: 80
"As a man calling into question centuries of female narratives written by other men, Crowley puts himself and his work in the hot seat...With delicate direction by Rafaeli, Crowley reaps the rewards of that risk by subverting the 'cautionary tale,' the 'victim story' and all other tropes...What makes Grace and her story so compelling are her confusing internal contradictions, made completely understandable in Perkins's detailed performance."
Steven Ross 
Front Mezz Junkies
ShowScore: 88
"A wickedly dark comedy about the culture of rape in America...A brilliant production...Hundreds of shockingly relevant, emotional, and funny twists are so expertly tossed in our direction...Perkins gives a standing-ovation performance full of intelligence and bravery that is a must-see...What we end up with is a wildly funny, fearless, and smart exploration of the culture of rape, trauma, performed by an excellent group of actors."

“The Rape of the Sabine Women, By Grace B. Matthias” was also reviewed by Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 79 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 76.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious, Absorbing

Emily 59, ShowScore: 80
See it if…"You enjoy plays about topical issues that are well staged and well acted (particularly by the female lead)."
Don't see it if…"You are at all bothered by heavy-handed moments; this play does have a few. Or if you find nudity upsetting."
JoeyFranko, ShowScore: 83
See it if…"You want to see a contemporary play about serious issues that deals with them in about as humorous a way as you probably could."  
Don't see it if…"You don't like shows that seem to make little sense until the end when you find out what it's all about."
dianefe, ShowScore: 77
See it if…"You like a thoughtful, well-acted story about a relevant subject." 
Don't see it if…"The subject of rape upsets you, or if you expect any new revelations or insight."

See the Show Page with all critic and member reviews.


Note: The ShowScore displayed above is current as of right now, and may be different from the ShowScore when the article was published.

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