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

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.

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

During previews
Slow, Indulgent

See it if Good acting from the supporting cast

Don't see it if Lead actress is one-dimensional, 2 hrs 15 min (way too long/slow), disjointed unnatural dialogue in most scenes. Feels like a first draft.

During previews
Overlong, Inconsistent performances, Play seems like a first draft, Overrated

See it if you are interested in seeing a fine performance by Susannah Perkins and a great set design by Arnulfo Maldonado.

Don't see it if the topic of rape makes you uncomfortable.

Also This is an overlong play. It seems like a first draft and the playwrig... Read more Read less

During previews
Good idea. not good execution of it.

See it if You're curious about subject.

Don't see it if You want a coherent story.

During previews
Slow, Quirky, Disappointing, Ambitious, Overrated

See it if You would like to see a mediocre play that could be performed in an hour that is stretched to almost two hours without an intermission.

Don't see it if If you already know why Charles Dickens books are sooooo long.

During previews
Disappointing, Ambitious, Indulgent, Quirky, Good actors misguided

See it if you want to see how the subject of R-A-P-E , a serious topic, tries to come off as a black comedy.

Don't see it if the topic offends you.

Also The play is all over the place. It doesn't know whether to be serious ... Read more Read less

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Quirky, Slow

See it if you are into black comedy/farce about how one teen raped compares the results to the Rape of the Sabine where Romans married their victims.

Don't see it if you don't think a serious subject like rape should be told as a comedic, farce and make it look like the victim is the villain..

During previews
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you're interested in acquaintance sexual assault among teens & know little about it;you want to support the development of new plays.

Don't see it if you don't like characters who are stereotypes; you know how a grand jury works--the playwright doesn't;you prefer fully staged plays.

Also I found so much about this play confusing. Why is the memorial service... Read more Read less

During previews
A misfire despite good intentions

See it if a sketchy, would-be satire about a serious topic.

Don't see it if your tolerance is low for a play that requires considerable indulgence from you.

Also Adults are buffoons/incompetent. Grace’s lawyer's a sleaze. Her guidan... Read more Read less

During previews

See it if Excellent writing about 1/3 of the time. Susannah Perkins as Grace is terrific

Don't see it if It is 100 minutes long and needed editing down to 70

During previews
Good acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you want to see a very unconventional, quirky approach to a very serious, relevant topic - rape - with very good acting, especially Perkins.

Don't see it if you're offended by humor intertwined with a very serious subject or by the brief scene with nudity or particularly sensitive to rape topic.

Also My friend and I had a long discussion immediately after the conclusion... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to support new play development or you don't mind characters portrayed as caricatures who have zero emotional appeal

Don't see it if You are offended by badly developed characters, indulgent plot devices that don't satisfy or a sympathetic stance on a rapist.

During previews
Clever, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You want an unusual take on this subject.

Don't see it if You want a cliched treatment

During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you want to see a well acted and very topical play. The play will make you think, it took me a while to figure out how I felt about it.

Don't see it if the portrayal of a male rapist as a greater victim of rape culture than the woman he rapes will turn your stomach

Also There is some good stuff here, the metaphor of the world burning benea... Read more Read less

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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