REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Wolves” Opened with a ShowScore of 85

Show-Score | Nov 21, 2017
“The Wolves," written by Sarah DeLappe and directed by Lila Neugebauer, opened on November 20, 2017 in New York City. “The Wolves," written by Sarah DeLappe and directed by Lila Neugebauer, opened on November 20, 2017 in New York City.


11 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 88.

Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 90
"'The Wolves' asks us to listen more carefully, and to pay attention. As the team members differentiate themselves from the pack, the play teases out larger questions hidden amid its keen naturalism...DeLappe takes all of them seriously. Her hopeful, respectful play is an implicit reproach to those who worry or complain about kids today. Seeing 'The Wolves' for a second time, I picked up on a number of things I had missed the first time. The soccer here is smart as hell."
Steven Suskin
The Huffington Post
ShowScore: 95
"The conversation is wildly realistic. The play opens with a blizzard-fast round of overlapping discussions...This is dazzling writing, played to perfection by an exceptional acting company and directed with great precision by Neugebauer. And DeLappe goes on from there. She assaults the air with dialogue as fast paced as a quick-pass exercise...Quite astoundingly, the author creates a stage filled with fully-rounded characters without even giving them names; just numbers."
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
ShowScore: 95
"A dizzying whirl of attitude, anxiety and adolescent hormonal volatility practically pings off the walls...The subtlety of the craftsmanship, the assurance of tone and the thematic incisiveness are remarkable, astonishingly so for a first work...DeLappe has a knack for making her artfulness appear almost accidental. Her dialogue has the unwritten sound of real conversation...This is one of the most striking playwriting debuts in recent memory, and absolutely not to be missed."

“The Wolves” was also reviewed by Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Barbara Schuler of Newsday, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Carol Rocamora of Theater Pizzazz, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Isabella Biedenharn of Entertainment Weekly, and Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News.


The show was also reviewed by 201 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 85.

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

Marissa N 7301, ShowScore: 96
See it if…"You love ensemble pieces and want to support work created by women with an all-female cast."
Don't see it if…"You don't appreciate seeing plays that shift in mood suddenly."
EmilyT, ShowScore: 98 
See it if…"You are interested in real stories affecting teenage girls. A true ensemble cast is incredible. It's poignant and funny, sad and uplifting."
Don't see it if…"You can't handle people talking over each other, you aren't interested in stories about high schoolers, you don't like shows in the round."
Natalie 3, ShowScore: 90 
See it if…"You want to see a serious play with much humor and a lot of overlapping dialogue. Very thoughtful and great acting, it really draws you in."
Don't see it if…"You are looking for something showier or more conventional. The quick pace of speech is atypical, but very effective."

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