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

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, 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

During previews
Irresponsible, Misguided, Well staged, Well acted

See it if you want to see an ambitious experiment fail. A satire of rape culture doesn't work, but the acting and staging are strong.

Don't see it if you're offended by wrong-minded portrayals of rape victims. How can you laugh at society's cruelty? You can't parody crazy reality.

Also A play that is over two hours long cannot be redeemed by the last two ... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Way too long, Good intentions but falls short, Excruciating

See it if I can't recommend this play; I admire what it was trying to accomplish, but it was painful to sit through. Both overwrought& void of feeling

Don't see it if Skip this if you are looking for a coherent, smart play about sexual assault. This play is not that.

During previews
Slow, Excruciating, Insipid, Indulgent, Insulting

See it if you hate women - you want to laugh about rape, you want to laugh about women being raped, especially a 15 year old who is written cluelessly

Don't see it if you are not ready to laugh at rape or you think characters should have dignity, not be written condescendingly as if women have no brains

Also I tried to go with an open mind - a man writing a rape play? okay, but... Read more Read less

During previews
Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Insipid

See it if You love cliché, strereotypes, all lost in a writting that try to send a message and be funny.. without succeeded in it

Don't see it if You hate actors playing teenagers by making them speak like if they were 6 years old

During previews
Entertaining, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if Laughed out loud a few times, some of the actors were great! Good staging

Don't see it if You want to watch a thought-provoking or complicated play about rape

Also Actors were good! Just cliched writing with extremely broadly written ... 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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