Steve Got Raped (FringeNYC)
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Steve Got Raped (FringeNYC)
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Steve Got Raped (FringeNYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

90%
(35 Reviews)
Positive
97%
Mixed
3%
Negative
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Members say
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Hilarious, Funny

About the Show

Part of FringeNYC: In this new dark comedy, Steve and Katie, engaged and expecting their first child, think they are on the right track. However, when a shocking event happens during Steve’s bachelor party, the couple's lives start to veer off course.

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Member Reviews (35)

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90
Great writing, Great cast, Serious subject delivered impeccably, Perfectly paced, Immaculate comic delivery

See it if want improv material elevated to high level comedy/drama, excellent performances from James Smith, Dan Morrison & Sarah Moore,

Don't see it if can't explain why you wanted to see a show named STEVE GOT RAPED, as Little Sally says in URINETOWN, "A title can ruin a show"

89
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Original, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if a new angle on what "rape" means, presented with a light touch, is for you. I especially liked the second half.

Don't see it if you hate nuance.

Critic Reviews (6)

Time Out New York
August 19th, 2016

"Frenetically directed by Melissa Firlit, the cast dials everything up past 11; as a character who enters toward the end of the play, Mara Gannon does offer a hint of nuance, but it’s too little, too late. Having set up a chance to explore male rape and masculine fragility, Gooley opts instead for would-be zingers...If you’re going to call your comedy 'Steve Got Raped,' you’d better be prepared to go dark and deep. This is just soiled fluff."
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Theatre is Easy
August 24th, 2016

"Playwright Sam Gooley tackles a difficult subject and makes it easier to talk about…The writing is constantly straddling the line of emotional depth and personal humor—the sort of 'did he just say that?' mentality that makes the conversations between three close friends just offensive enough to be relatable. 'Steve Got Raped' does well what theatre does well: it presents a question that it does not claim to know how to answer, but gives the audience permission to comment, to engage."
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Theater Pizzazz
August 24th, 2016

"A strikingly honest and mega-comedic piece of mature theater. Sam Gooley as playwright walks a thin line between satire and disrespect with his dialogue. His honesty in tackling this taboo issue never betrays the audience. Under the three-sheets-to-the-wind, no-holds-barred direction of Melissa Firlit, their combined efforts push the envelope without breaking the seal…If you’re in for a horribly good time that’ll leave you with questions over scotch, this one’s for you."
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T
August 21st, 2016

"Under Firlit’s well-paced direction, the ensemble cast members play well off one another and bring the issue of male rape to the forefront with a welcomed sensitivity. However, sometimes the script’s insistence on being comedic gets in the way of their ability to explore their characters with necessary depth and intuition...That said, it raises deep and rich enduring questions about rape in general and male rape specifically. Gooley is to be commended for his decision to tackle this topic."
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Theater In The Now
August 20th, 2016

"An edgy piece that is equal parts funny and provocative. The story captures a discussion on rape from a different perspective, through the eyes of gender...Gooley's dialogue is sharp and quick...The characters he creates are basic archetypes, just with a little more depth. It's a satisfying story. Except for the ending...'Steve Got Raped' exemplified the beauty of a connected ensemble...Not for everyone. If you're willing to be challenged, it's worth a visit."
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DC Metro Theater Arts
August 25th, 2016

"Gooley’s narrative is effective in conveying the uncertainties that the immature, and largely unlikeable, characters feel but have trouble expressing…Despite a lack of chemistry between the two actors, they deliver the emotional turmoil and ambiguities inherent in their individual roles, slowly coming to the realization of their true feelings and showing some development...Though described as a 'dark comedy,' the issues raised are not all that funny, but they are seriously relevant."
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