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Categories: Comedy, Drama, Local. From The New Collectives. Written by Sam Gooley. Directed by Melissa Firlit. Featuring: Mara Gannon, Sarah Moore, Dan Morrison* and James E. Smith*
Assistant Directed/Produced by Giverny Petitmermet. Sound Design by Kevin Novinsky. Lighting Design by Elaine Wong. Stage Managed by Rebecca Kane
*Appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
See it if You like thought-provoking theatre that makes you laugh and cry and at life's uncomfortable consequences. It turns the table.
Don't see it if You are unwilling to be challenged about the role of men and woman in sexual politics, or if easily offended.
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"
See it if you like edge of your seat theatre that is smart and funny but also, dark and dangerous. Laugh out loud funny.
Don't see it if the title makes you uncomfortable or if you don't like R-rated language and sexual dialogue.
See it if You want to see a serious topic tackled with humor, good performances, and no easy answers.
Don't see it if You can't handle grey areas or want to guffaw for 90 minutes straight. Not that kind of comedy.
See it if You're concerned about the issues of rape and gender; you like shows about how lies affect relationships.
Don't see it if You think that the issue of rape can never, ever be funny.
See it if You love modern, raunchy comedies. Morrison's performance is brilliant and inspired. He's a star! Great writing
Don't see it if You're easily offended and don't like swearing or if you need a happy ending.
See it if You are interested in the social dynamics and double standards surrounding "rape culture". Or if you enjoy dark comedies.
Don't see it if You're opposed to "potty mouths" or don't enjoy body humor. Title makes play seem less thoughtful than it really is.
See it if You want to enjoy a fast paced, intellectually provocative dark comedy where you'll laugh from humor to shock and come away thinking!
Don't see it if You can't handle "in your face" examination of age old themes, packaged for today's younger audience.
See it if You want to walk out of the theater with your face hurting from laughs and your heart hurting from tough moral questions.
Don't see it if You are easily offended by sex jokes and explicit language.
See it if You want to fall out of your seat with laughter while also being hit with a dark and thought provoking definition of rape.
Don't see it if You hate having a good time and facing life's truths.
See it if Because the writing brought the intense emotions of young adulthood to the fore. It made me laugh, then cry.
Don't see it if You do not appreciate insightful playwriting or you're offende by strong language.
See it if You like to be challenged with provocative ideas and edgy dialogue...Strong performances and fast paced blocking. This a must-see.
Don't see it if You like traditional old fashioned theatre. Also, if you aren't a fan of R-rated language and themes. This play is for 16 and up only.
See it if You want to laugh more than you have in a show in a long time. Enjoy really good writing with acting to match. Would see it again.
Don't see it if If you cringe at explicit conversation about sex and some of the modern slang that accompanies that.