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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant, Clever, Ambitious
76
Avg Score

During previews
85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if Believe in getting people to admit to something, they allegedly have done,and held accountable.

Don't see it if If you can't address the fact that a person had been raped,and nothing was done about it.

Also The actress that played Grace, was absolutely good in portraying the r... Read more Read less

During previews
4
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
95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You want to get inside the head of our rape culture and see it refracted as into the cartoon nightmare that it is.

Don't see it if You're looking for something that isn't done in a highly-stylized manner.

Also "The Downtown Rape Play" is a genre that we've all seen before, one th... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see an original staging, a well developed, directed and acted play. A theme that could be taboo told in a fun yet respectful way

Don't see it if you're not willing to see a play about a rape told in an entertaining way, which for me was refreshing and more effective for reflection.

During previews
50
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
90
Absorbing, Great writing, Dizzying, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you are looking for an interesting take on rape culture that involves humor as well as moments of profoundness

Don't see it if you would be triggered by discussions of rape (literally the whole show) or nudity

Also This show was brilliantly cast and the staging was impeccable. I can u... Read more Read less

During previews
65
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
88
Absorbing, Great acting, Clever, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You like edgy provocative plays that use humor to soften the exploration of uncomfortable issues

Don't see it if You are put off by the topic of rape

During previews
80
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in societal issues concerning rape

Don't see it if if you are not interested in exploring social issues

During previews
90
Refreshing, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Must see

See it if you appreciate the use of satire to illuminate difficult subject matter. If you want to see an incredible ensemble with an even better lead.

Don't see it if you're highly sensitive to or triggered by depictions of rape, sexual assault, and victim blaming.

Also This show absolutely does not make fun of or laugh at rape or sexual a... Read more Read less

During previews
96
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy

See it if Provocative well acted plays

Don't see it if Light hearted comedy

During previews
49
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
51
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

During previews
80
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy, Great writing

See it if you are interested in quirky writing with dark themes. The acting is excellent and the final message of the play was extremely moving.

Don't see it if you are sensitive to themes of sexual abuse and dislike the use of absurdism in a piece with dark subject matter.

During previews
80
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Funny

See it if You have an interest in the topic as it explores it from all sides and has a strong growth for the main character, yet adds absurdist humor

Don't see it if Don't think comedy can mix with the topic, but the play does a good job at it

Also The play is now running around 1:50 so it seems like quite a bit has b... Read more Read less

During previews
96
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Important

See it if Creative way to highlight a serious problem. Well acted and well written

Don't see it if If you are narrow minded

During previews
85
Clever, Great staging, Cliched, Indulgent, Great acting

See it if You like non-linear storytelling and intense subject matter set in a high school.

Don't see it if Sexual assault is a trigger or if you're looking for a realistic and in depth portrayal of high school students.

During previews
75
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Simplistic

See it if you are willing join in a crucial conversation about this chronic and horrendous issue. This story is approachable with comedic relief.

Don't see it if you are looking for a truly artful or original production. This story serves to raise awareness rather than raise a new perspective.

During previews
75
Ambitious, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to support a theater company that is brave enough to produce polarizing, controversial, risky new plays that challenge its audience

Don't see it if you don't understand that an absurdist, dark comedy about rape might make you feel uncomfortable at times.

During previews
100
Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You care about women and changing things for the better... but also if you are just looking for inventive and captivating theatre

Don't see it if You want a simple living room play to tritely tell you how to think about an issue. This one paints all sides and well!

During previews
45
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

During previews
85
Absorbing, Great acting, Clever, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you love great storytelling, care about dismantling rape culture, and want to see a fantastic production of a great play.

Don't see it if you have personal experience with rape and are concerned about being triggered.

During previews
91
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You are willing to be completely invested and thoughtful - this play is very deep. Must appreciate new ways of tackling age-old issues.

Don't see it if You want something easy and light

Also Excellent cast with an outstanding performance by Susannah Perkins as ... Read more Read less

During previews
92
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if Ambitious topic, well presented with a touch of humor. Outstanding script and staging.

Don't see it if I would not miss it and plan to go again next week.


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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