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.

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Member Reviews (99)


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

Exquisite, Great staging, Great writing, Must see, Profound

See it if you want to see necessary, provocative, crucial, so very important theater - and if you like football.

Don't see it if you are unable to deal with graphic descriptions and instances of rape or sexual violence.

Clever, Ambitious, Cliched, Confusing, Dizzying

See it if For crowds that love satire and social justice, this is great! I also love the super informative program/bill for the show.

Don't see it if Nothing new is being said that hasn't been said before, but also doesn't "teach" a non informed audience. Metaphors and humor can get muddy.

Quirky, Intelligent, Hilarious, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you are interested in getting to know yourself better, reflecting on our society's treatment of women and want to be a vehicle for change.

Don't see it if you want to distance yourself from feeling complicit, don't like being presented with tough questions or are uncomfortable with nudity.

Clever, Entertaining, Interesting show set in modern day about concept of rape

See it if enjoy a interesting modern take on the subject of rape

Don't see it if are not adventurous and open minded

Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Profound, Intense

See it if your mind is open enough to see a comedy about the rape of a 15-year-old girl

Don't see it if you need the playwright to spoon-feed the message of the play to you (although he basically does so in the last 5 minutes)

Also If you're going to write a play that is a comedy about the rape of a 1... Read more Read less

Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if You wanna think about how rape culture invades every aspect of our lives

Don't see it if You expect to truly empathize with a rape victim or understand how sexual assault affects creates trauma

Also I was squeamish about seeing a play about sexual assault written by a ... Read more Read less

Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Must see, Great staging

See it if you like dark humor and real life scenarios. Love small productions with a limited number of characters.

Don't see it if you find the subject difficult to discuss, expect costumes/large production.

Clever, Funny, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy smart, topical plays that don't take themselves too seriously.

Don't see it if You're trying to plan a wholesome family outing. This play satirizes conflicting points of view about a delicate subject.

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
Smart, Great writing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want to see an incisive, darkly comic, bold, theatrical, well-written and well-acted exploration of rape culture.

Don't see it if you're easily triggered on the subject of rape. Otherwise, I highly recommend this one. Entertaining as a play and a lot to say.

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like very clever staging, dialogue and acting about a serious subject like rape. There is humor and drama and it all works together well

Don't see it if you don't like the subject of rape or a drama about rape which includes humor.

Also The cast was excellent. The actress who plays the rape victim had such... Read more Read less

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
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Funny

See it if You want to see a refreshing not always serious take on the subject of rape. I experienced this as comedic as well as frightening.

Don't see it if You are expecting a wholly serious treatment of this serious social issue. This play is quirky, sad and sometimes shocking.

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
Clever, Relevant, Ambitious, Quirky, Muddled

See it if you want to see an unconventional approach to a timely topic

Don't see it if think that a dark comedy about rape is offensive.

Also There is much to admire here, but the play is overambitious, at times ... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you can understand how rape might be considered in a truthful light - without all the PC thrown in. This was an interesting treatment.

Don't see it if you can't understand how the horror of rape can be exposed using black humor and stereotypical characters. You like only musical comedy.

Also I felt that using humor and stereotypical characters did not diminish ... Read more Read less

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
Ambitious, Promising young talent all around, Relevant, Self-aware and subversive, Original

See it if you’ll see a smart interrogation of masculine culture & a sympathetic, empowering portrayal of raped women without the tv melodrama

Don't see it if you prefer to voyeuristically lose yourself in lurid, SVU-style play-by-plays of rape trauma

Also Many times I worried this was veering into a wrong-headed place but it... Read more Read less

During previews
Unexpectedly funny, clever and meaningful play about rape, women and history

See it if high school, the news, football, women's aspirations--all unfold in a cleverly written and staged comedy with punch. Perkins rocks as Grace

Don't see it if you think rape can be handled only with utmost gravity. Crowley's script is so much more meaningful and effective. Breaux plays another jock

During previews
Clever, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if you are interested in a dark comedy which contextualizes the timely topic of rape. The lead actress was terrific in her role.

Don't see it if you are offended by unfiltered portrayals of victim-blaming, nudity and humor during serious matters. Thought-provoking, yet hardly profound

During previews
Some of this is breathtaking, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You like dark comedy which attempts to inform you and make you examine your own prejudices. Not for a middle road audience.

Don't see it if You want a straightforward narrative. You don't want to think about rape,how it is defined and prosecuted. You are literal.

Also What is rape?... Read more Read less

During previews
Unflinching yet humorous, Well acted, Thoughtful not didactic

See it if The nervous humor so often present at times of stress & embarrassment relieves yet adds a nasty, ironic fillip to a well-written story of...

Don't see it if a 15-year-old's trauma & the attitudes in her narrow world. A difficult subject honestly addressed. Some may be put off by the use of humor.

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
Riveting, Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Powerful

See it if you are interested in a unique exploration about how society views rape. Use of satire and stereotypes condemn the objectification of women

Don't see it if you take satire literally or you are not open to new views.

Also This was a very intense play, incredibly well acted and well staged. I... 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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