REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Wolves” Opened with a ShowScore of 82

Show-Score | Sep 12, 2016
“The Wolves,” written by Sarah DeLappe and directed by Lila Neugebauer, opened on September 11, 2016 in New York City. “The Wolves,” written by Sarah DeLappe and directed by Lila Neugebauer, opened on September 11, 2016 in New York City.


7 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 87.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 90
"Some of the most exciting and affecting ensemble work on a New York stage...One of the greatest achievements is that it doesn’t allow for so-called breakout performances. It’s not that DeLappe’s characters are absorbed into a bloblike collective...But she and Neugebauer have created a remarkably level playing field for a team of disparate personalities who give fresh credence to the idea that onstage, in union there is strength."
David Cote
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 90
"Sarah DeLappe’s extremely skillful debut...DeLappe's exquisitely orchestrated cross talk and overlapping banter, dense with profanity and jokes, is quite musical...The characters are drawn quickly but precisely and are acted by a dynamic young ensemble...Their fraught, heightened lives are revealed in blurry glimpses, as the restless, roving narrative darts across a curving swath of AstroTurf as green as youth."
Hayley Levitt
ShowScore: 90
"DeLappe's dialogue adeptly mines the profundity out of these trivial exchanges...Equally impressive is how DeLappe gets us well-acquainted with all nine of the girls on the team, played by a roster of excellent actresses...It's a picture of female camaraderie in its most authentic form...Most heartening of all is that DeLappe has created an ensemble of distinct female characters without leaning on romantic partners or traditional feminine tropes to define them."

“The Wolves” was also reviewed by Victoria Teague of New York Theatre Review, Simon Saltzman of CurtainUp, Jonathan Mandell of New York Theater, and Samuel L. Leiter of Theatre's Leiter Side.


The show was also reviewed by 35 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 81.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Absorbing, Great acting, Clever, Entertaining, Great writing

Vince 2, ShowScore: 70
See it if…"You value fresh approaches in theatrical presentation." 
Don't see it if…"You think overkill is possible in scene setting. You did not grow up female and have limited tolerance for teen talk."
moonchange, ShowScore: 85
See it if…"You've ever been a part of a group." 
Don't see it if…"You're not interested in sharp and real writing, nuanced performances by talented young actors, or insightful takes on adolescence."
dianefe, ShowScore: 78
See it if…"You appreciate good dialogue and well-developed characters. You like to see women living on their own terms with no apologies to men." 
Don't see it if…"You don't like the chatter of young women. You like a plot with lots of action."

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