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Steve Got Raped (FringeNYC)

Members say: Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Hilarious, Funny
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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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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


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Theatre Reviews Limited

"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

Theater In The Now

"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

DC Metro Theater Arts

"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

Theatre is Easy

"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

Theater Pizzazz

"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

Time Out New York

"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

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Funny, Original, Clever, Delightful, Refreshing

See it if An original comic voice with great energy, insight and original characters and situation

Don't see it if You're sensitive about dark humor

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"

Original, Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Intense

See it if You find issues of gender and relationships compelling

Don't see it if You like neat endings

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You have a bit of a twisted sense of humor.

Don't see it if You don't like sex jokes.

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

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.

Clever, Thought-provoking, Great writing

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.

Edgy, Raunchy, Confusing, Insipid, Slow

See it if You like quirky.

Don't see it if You like conventional.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound

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.

Funny, Raunchy, Great writing, Hilarious, Great staging

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.

Intense, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great writing, Hilarious

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.

Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Great writing

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.

Clever, Edgy, Great writing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy funny and thought provoking shows.

Don't see it if You don't like profanity and edgy dialogue

Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you like good acting

Don't see it if you prefer romantic comedy

Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you like a well acted satisfying script

Don't see it if Offended by swearing

Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if you like to laugh!

Don't see it if you think cops are perfect

Original, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You want a show that's going to make you laugh, cry & THINK! Not to be missed!

Don't see it if You are easily offended.

Funny, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if Like to be provoked into thinking. Are not afraid to be challanged

Don't see it if You are narrow minded and uptight

Absorbing, Intense, Must see, Great writing, Hilarious

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.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

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.

Clever, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Hilarious

See it if You like thought provoking topics with relatable characters and dark humor with a bit of a twist.

Don't see it if You get offended by issues such as rape, abortion and crude language.

Funny, Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Intense

See it if you like thought provoking topics delivered with intelligence, humor and wit by excellent actors.

Don't see it if You are offended by strong language and uncomfortable topics.

Funny, Original, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if Enjoy thought provoking theater, with great acting that will make you laugh and think. We thoroughly enjoyed the play from start to finish.

Don't see it if The title offends you and you are uncomfortable with strong language.

Intense, Must see, Refreshing, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if you like discovering a new exciting voice in theatre. A play that is both hilarious & thought provoking. Great performances.

Don't see it if if you don't like excessive language or sexual dialogue.

Original, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Hilarious

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.

Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Relevant

See it if you like to laugh out loud while asking the big questions about social dynamics and double standards. My thoughts were PROVOKED.

Don't see it if You're easily offended. Read Time Out review & it seemed like the writer missed the message by being blindly and uneccesarily offended