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

During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Unconventional, Incongruent

See it if you like unconventional comic handling of the very serious topic of rape with excellent acting and insightful perceptions of the issue.

Don't see it if you would find that the issue of rape, being handled in a somewhat sophomoric humorous manner, distasteful.

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
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if you are interested in exploring rape culture. you enjoy the sort of plays done at Ars Nova, etc.

Don't see it if you dislike experimental/downtown inspired theatre.

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
Ambitious, Clever, Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a new take on the well trod subject of rape. This is intelligently written, well acted and marvelously directed.

Don't see it if The subject makes you uncomfortable and you are set in the way you believe a rape victim should act.

Also The path chosen in this production is to be a quirky black comedy. Man... Read more Read less

During previews
Great lead actress, Good lighting, Overly long, Inoffensive

See it if only for the great performance by Susannah Perkins. The writing and other actors don't live up to her talent but she's very good.

Don't see it if you're expecting something edgy or thought-provoking because the comedy is played for broad laughs and isn't smartly written.

Also Arrive early to hear marching band versions of popular songs (mostly f... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Clever

See it if you enjoy plays that are well written, directed, acted and staged and that make you think.

Don't see it if you don't like "schtick" in plays.

Also I thoroughly enjoyed the play. It was very meaningful to me.

During previews
Ambitious, Entertaining, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Very smart and pointed use of humor and satire to make an important statement about rape culture in our society. serious fun. see it!

See it if You think you won't like and don't need to be schooled on this subject. You will and you do; plus you'll be very entertained.

Don't see it if You are dealing with and still traumatized by a sexual assault incident; it might trigger a flashback.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you would like to see a play about intense subjects, presented in a way in which the message sneaks up rather than being slammed on you.

Don't see it if you can never see how humor can be used in a way to present even the most delicate of subject matter.

Also WOW. I've read other reviews vilifying the use of humor in this play. ... Read more Read less

During previews
Cliched, Relevant

See it if interested in situations where young women get caught up in bad decision making. Fine acting by cast in a all to familiar tale.

Don't see it if The topic of rape in a high school is of no interest to you and you want to avoid this subject matter.

During previews
Edgy satire, Expertly staged, Strong central performance, Irreverent look at a subject most often handled as social problem drama

See it if you are willing to look at the acceptable narratives that we construct about rape, which the title character naively and boldly rejects

Don't see it if you are put off by the idea of using satire in a seriocomic look at rape culture

Also My female companion enjoyed the production as well, though she reporte... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Relevant

See it if very well done satire on the treatment and responses to a high school rape; Both funny and serious at times; actors were excellent

Don't see it if you are offended by a sometimes comic send up of a rape and the reactions to it. Some characters are over the top.

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like a very good presentation of how rape is treated in our culture but in a very entertaining way. Lots to think about.

Don't see it if you are reluctant to discuss or hear about rape or don't like an amusing treatment of rape.

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

See it if clever social commentary; satirical, topical and funny take on a serious subject

Don't see it if first half a little slow since "the plot" is not a surprise but then play hits it stride with borderline offensive snakiness

During previews
Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if a play about rape culture that has funny moments and is acted and directed well appeals to you. Very clever and resonant.

Don't see it if The play is very stylized and not naturalistic, which took me a while to get used to in the beginning, but once I did, I enjoyed it.

During previews
Great acting, Clever, Ambitious, Edgy, Relevant

See it if for a quirky satirical approach of a serious subject

Don't see it if you prefer a more serious approach to the issue without the satire

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
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
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in engaging with a thought provoking but not totally successful play about rape. Satire is funny here, but not successful

Don't see it if if you are squeamish about rape. It is tackled head on here.

Also Perkins gives an outstanding performance.

During previews
Absorbing, Masterful, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a show that makes you think and has good acting.

Don't see it if You don't like a sensitive matter handled w/comedy at times.

During previews
Intelligent, Quirky, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like theatre that makes you think and are able to compare modern day issues with past events. The cast is great, quirky and smart.

Don't see it if You only like light and fluffy subject matter, but make no mistake, this play is FUNNY in so many parts. It's relevant and should be seen!

During previews
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a well-written play that comes together beautifully

Don't see it if You want light entertainment

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, Confusing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if If you like a different read on a familiar story. A little to long Susannah Perkins was marvelous,she is someone to watch

Don't see it if A young audience,everyone seemed to be absorbed. I think this needs editing,but an interesting evening

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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