Already closed | 1h 40m | Midtown W

The Rape of the Sabine Women, By Grace B. Matthias

From 99 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant, Clever, Ambitious

About the show

Playwrights Realm presents this world premiere, a complex collision of satire and dark comedy exploring rape culture in America. More…

When high school student Grace B. Matthias is raped, her world spirals into chaos. Between navigating emotionally unstable guidance counselors, overbearing lawyers, an angry championship football team, and useless Wikipedia answers, Grace tries to make sense of her world anew. Due to mature content, this show is best for ages 16 and up.

1h 40m | Already closed | The Duke on 42nd Street (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (99)


Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant, Clever, Ambitious
Avg Score

Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see a contemporary play about serious issues that finds a way to deal with them in about a humorous a way as you probably could.

Don't see it if You don't like shows that seem to make little sense till the end when you find out what it's all about.

Edgy, Intense, Relevant, Insightful, Thought-provoking

See it if Powerful exploration of a high school girl's date rape. Uses satire to address many difficult issues. Heartfelt characters.

Don't see it if This play is not so much about the rape itself but about everyone's reaction to it. Is the grey area good-and-evil or loss of innocence?

Well-intentioned, Flawed, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a sometimes laudatory, often cringe-worthy, attempt at a "rape satire" w/some nice performances & interesting use of space.

Don't see it if you'll be troubled by an oft insensitive take on rape culture, played mostly for laughs, & characters written too broadly to be sympathetic.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant

See it if want to be aware of the many versions and diversions re: rape. Very good acting esp. Susannah Perkins, Andy Lucien and Doug Harris

Don't see it if you are easily upset with a delicate subject. It is not a Greek/Roman drama This is not a musical extravaganza. No intermission.100+ minutes

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Issue driven, Confronts the audience

See it if issue driven theater is your liking, uses humor to make the unspeakable watchable

Don't see it if sexual assault is not a topic you want to think about

Ambitious, Quirky, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are open to a serio-comic take on the subject of rape. A wonderful lead performance by Susannah Perkins.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with the satirical comic treatment of a serious subject.

Also I wished the early scenes we're less drawn out and the satire sharper.... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Cliched

See it if you like a thoughtful well acted story about a relevant subject.

Don't see it if the subject of rape upsets you or if you expect any new revelations or insight.

Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if If rape is of interest. It had me questioning the culpability of the main character is her misfortune, which I don't think was intentional.

Don't see it if This is a subject that makes you squeamish, if unnecessary nudity on stage is problematic for you.

Clever, Fine acting, Intelligent, Dead serious, Funny

See it if You can take seriously an at times funny truth to power look at rape in society. With mostly stereotypical characters, it has a core of real

Don't see it if You find abhorrent the idea of rape and humor together. You can't find the texture, breadth and compassion in sly presentation.


See it if superb writing, acting, direction of tough, challenging content is what you long for in great theater. Smart, funny, direct, moving.

Don't see it if you can't engage with the reality of rape culture -past, present and future, even when so complexly presented.

Also Kovner - artistic director - is an amazingly sensitive visionary who u... Read more Read less

Confusing, Great staging, Slow, Resonant, Disappointing

See it if you're into social satire and are willing to put up with some muddled writing to see these issues dealt with by a game cast

Don't see it if you prefer pieces that have a very clear message and control of their themes

Lean mean and sabine

See it if One incredible performance anchors a play which would be otherwise largely adrift. It transforms the production into must see theater.

Don't see it if The play is clearly too glib and chipper about rape. Unrealistic extent of HS art history instruction. Large space demands close seating.

Also It can be ten minutes shorter with no loss of impact. Discussion of fi... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you want to examine a multitude of stereotypes around rape and sexual assault.

Don't see it if you are unable to understand the use of stereotypes to prove a point - that men rape women.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if You have the chance. A powerful play, a testament to the actors and writing. Everyone must experience this; must see and thought provoking.

Don't see it if You are looking for something light and are uncomfortable with the subject matter.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if a unique script that beautifully employs history, metaphor, repeated motifs, and story in a powerful exploration of rape culture appeals.

Don't see it if caricatures/heavily hammed up/hyper acting bothers you. (Actually, still see it: this usually bothers me too but it mostly worked here.)

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if you enjoy plays about topical issues that are well staged and well acted (particularly by the female lead).

Don't see it if you are at all bothered by heavy-handed moments; this play does have a few. Or if you find nudity upsetting.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy topical serious dramas with appropriate amounts of humor woven brilliantly into the script. Amazing show. Terrific cast!

Don't see it if you're a woman dealing with rape trauma or if you're a misogynistic man who just won't "get it."

Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting

See it if you want to see a serious piece of theatre and have some intense discussions afterwards.

Don't see it if there are some sensitive topics that can be difficult for some. Do your research on the show and know what you are about to see.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Misguided

See it if you're interested in an earnest, ultimately unsuccessful, attempt to explore rape culture through a comedic lens, + some good performances.

Don't see it if this subject matter, handled in a well-meaning but misguided way, will be offensive to you.

Also I fully believe this playwright came to this project meaning well, but... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if Enjoy a comical presentation of a serious topic like rape

Don't see it if You will be unhappy with the comical way they treat a serious topic

Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Good staging

See it if you want to see something interesting. It may not have all the i's dotted and t's crossed, but it's still an entertaining piece.

Don't see it if the topic of rape or a little nudity makes you uncomfortable.

Also I would chalk this one as having potential, but the execution seems a ... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Clever, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You're interested in play addressing rape from a more honest/atypical vantage point. Humor, shows how Society/culture cultivate this crime

Don't see it if You're offended by nudity, sensitive to the topic of rape in general. (Though some rape victims Really appreciated this work)

Great acting, Excruciating, Problematic & ill-informed, Disappointing, Irresponsible

See it if Don't. A messy, deeply misguided attempt at skewering rape culture that misses almost all marks

Don't see it if I honestly wouldn't see it. After seeing it, I was shocked it was produced at all.

Also It can be easy to dismiss this play based on the idea alone, but I was... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Edgy, Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You like productions which deal with tough issues in both a comedic and tragic way

Don't see it if You don't want to see a show dealing with rape or rape culture

Absorbing, Must see, Thought-provoking, You will walk away thinking about rape a different way and how it could apply to men and women

See it if you like to think about the subject matter after a show-well done

Don't see it if you do not like this type of subject matter

September 10th, 2017
"A serious effort to dramatize a rape and its repercussions, it also dares itself to be a satire, a high school comedy, and a coming-of-age story...That’s a lot for a play to be, and the mix is not always comfortable...That Grace emerges as a well-rounded character is partly the result of the tou...
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September 11th, 2017
"A superb rape comedy—yes, you read that right...Grace’s story is shifting parts comedy, tragedy, horror and even—your skin crawls to recall it—romance...The skilled playwright's absurdist wit tossing off sparks that sometimes turn into fires. Crowley and Rafaeli’s tricky tonal balancing act requ...
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September 10th, 2017
"As a man calling into question centuries of female narratives written by other men, Crowley puts himself and his work in the hot seat...With delicate direction by Rafaeli, Crowley reaps the rewards of that risk by subverting the 'cautionary tale,' the 'victim story' and all other tropes...What m...
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September 11th, 2017
"The scenes featuring Grace, Bobby, and Jeff are tautly written and filled with tension, but Crowley tries to play everything else for laughs...There's little that the director, Tyne Rafaeli, can do to resolve these tonal contradictions, but she does get three first-rate performances from her lea...
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