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The Wolves

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Great writing

About the show

After two hit runs at Playwrights Realm, Lincoln Center Theater presents an encore engagement of Sarah DeLappe's drama about a suburban girls soccer team. More…

Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team members navigate big questions and wage tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.

Member Reviews (311)


Great acting, Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Great writing
Avg Score

Disappointing, Cliched, Banal, Shallow, Insipid

See it if you like EXTREMELY light fare on a regurgitation of Mean Girls. good acting and staging

Don't see it if Vapid & shallow. Unfocused & Pointless. Pretty much a headless chicken mentioning all Mean Girl topics and delving into none. Unemotional.

Also With Mean Girls the Musical coming up and MCC's School Girls just ende... Read more Read less

Cliched, Banal, Overrated, Disappointing, Well acted

See it if It's well acted and the depiction of high school teens seem to be fairly realistic.

Don't see it if Show meanders around - Another mean girls story with no new perspective - Girls can be catty & everyone has issues. Nothing new here.

Also The concept has potential but I didn't find the story to be very enter... Read more Read less

Clever, Refreshing, Great acting, Engaging, Relevant

See it if you want to see the work of an exciting new voice, with an ensemble of exciting young actors, in an original, nuanced, captivating play.

Don't see it if you have no interest in the lives of teenage girls (tho this play avoids the usual stereotypes, conventions and pitfalls you might expect).

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Touching

See it if you like straightforward narrative in innovative yet realistic manner, enjoy women's sports & seeing young women at varying maturity

Don't see it if Overlapping dialogue bothers you, have no interest in women's sports, you are not permitted within 500 feet of young women

Great staging, Disappointing, Good ensemble,, Good effort, Pointless

See it if you like groups of teenage girls at their worst, rarely at their best; cohesive ensemble; you enjoy hearing everyone talking over each other

Don't see it if you do not like stereotyped characters and contrived endings. The play meanders at a slow pace, lots of words with nothing to say. Why?

Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Terrific ensemble

See it if you like plays about young women on the verge of adulthood, struggling with feelings about the future- family, men, the world, friendships

Don't see it if you expect an elaborate set; think the play is about the forest; have no interest in teenage angst; can't follow 2 conversations at once

Also Wolves is a drama about a suburban girls soccer team. Through conversa... Read more Read less

Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you’d watch a day-in-the-life of teenage girls; you’ve never seen a female coming of age plot

Don't see it if you’re over adolescence; you expect new ideas about young femininity

Also The show is well directed and there are moments of great, subtle actin... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if Original topic. Very true to how teenage girls are, without the typical cliches. Several nice performances. Well staged.

Don't see it if Some people might find the cross-talk hard to understand.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you enjoy coming of age pieces that focus on teenage women on a soccer team.

Don't see it if a drama with cohesive conclusions is what you seek, this play asks a lot of questions with few answers

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Clever

See it if touching story of teens (females) who you see working out in preparation for soccer games, where their characters & stories develop slowly

Don't see it if would be annoyed by 2 or more conversations going on simultaneously; don't want stories about teen girls no matter how creative or touching

Also I would see this again in a heartbeat.... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great writing, Profound, Riveting

See it if Absorbing look at a group of teenage girls and their individual life journeys. Beautifully written and produced.

Don't see it if If you prefer musicals or light dramas.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You want to experience a unique play dealing with the life issues of teenage girls as they train and play high school soccer.Cast is great!

Don't see it if You are disinterested in a play that uses soccer to explore the important life circumstances of high school girls

Intelligent, Slow, Unfocused, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want strong acting in naturalistic (almost eavesdropping) play about the members of a high school age girls soccer team.

Don't see it if I recognize this as thoughtful theater, although must acknowledge I was often bored by seemingly endless adolescent chatter without focus.

Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you appreciate a good script that tells a compelling coming-of-age story of the members of a girls soccer team. You know all of these girls.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy stories about teamwork or trying to follow multiple parallel storylines.

Also NOTE: I did not see the Lincoln Center production--my review is based ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Refreshing, Riveting

See it if you love dense, rapid (often overlapping) dialogue and beautiful, physical stagings.

Don't see it if plays set in high school don't interest you.

Also I loved this show. I laughed and cried and feel like I got a whole lot... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if Team of blistering adolescence, sharing a common goal: female adulthood. Great ensemble.

Don't see it if Rapid fire dialogue takes some adjustment. Cannot get a ticket.

Excruciating, Banal, Disappointing

See it if You need to know that young actresses get their exercise, but are happy to be bored with silly banter & no real plot.

Don't see it if You are looking for an interesting night of theater.

Intense, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see something on a stage that resembles actual life and the people who inhabit it without artifice. Unapologetically brutal.

Don't see it if You are not interested in plays that do not follow a typical narrative arc. You are not ready for something truly heavy.

Also "I heard each of the nine voices orchestrally, so there would be a mom... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Clever, Intense, Refreshing, Profound

See it if you want an insight into the world of teenagers today, team sports or all the complications that both provide.

Don't see it if you blush at adult language or talk about body functions and sex or aren't interested in what teenage girls are like today.

Absorbing, Great staging, Intense, Confusing, Great ensemble

See it if Realistic rendering of the multitude of issues facing high school female athletes transitioning to adulthood (sometimes messily)

Don't see it if High school issues in suburbia may not be everyone's cup of tea; attempts to not reveal plot makes for an awkward final scene

Thoughtful. well played.

See it if Insightful drama into the life of teen age girls centered around a soccer team. Well-written and directed with great ensemble performances.

Don't see it if You like your plots structured, and your characters mature.

Also A uniquely structured drama that reflects on our society by observing ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you like sports and are interested in teenage lives. You will enjoy the complexity of the characters and watch them grow.

Don't see it if you don't care about teenagers and their problems. If you think that teenage problems are not as important as your problems.

Must see, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if Great ensemble piece where you feel like you’re eavesdropping on teenage girls with their smart takes on life and individual personalities

Don't see it if You can’t handle overlapping dialogue though it’s realistic. Nice to see the teamwork of the actors and the athletes they portray.

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you are interested in adolescent thinking and action. There is too much going on to care about any of it or any of them. Pity

Don't see it if you are looking for an indepth development of character or plot. well acted but poorly constructed and superficial. terrible ending

Resonant, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you care about issues of teens (esp. girls). Nails their voice--witty and cringeworthy. Beautiful rendering of pack mentality of sports.

Don't see it if you seek plot...story imposed on girls team and *spoiler alert* ending feels forced.

November 21st, 2017
"Some of the most exciting and affecting ensemble work on a New York stage...One of the greatest achievements is that it doesn’t allow for so-called breakout performances. It’s not that DeLappe’s characters are absorbed into a bloblike collective...But she and Neugebauer have created a remarkably...
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November 20th, 2017
"'The Wolves' asks us to listen more carefully, and to pay attention. As the team members differentiate themselves from the pack, the play teases out larger questions hidden amid its keen naturalism...DeLappe takes all of them seriously. Her hopeful, respectful play is an implicit reproach to tho...
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November 20th, 2017
"A crack team of outstanding young actresses...Neugebauer’s touch is both delicate and decisive. She doesn’t dress plays up or weight them down with excess conceptual baggage...As a piece of writing, it’s undeniably strong, and also noticeably crafted—but there’s also something about its arc that...
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November 20th, 2017
"A dizzying whirl of attitude, anxiety and adolescent hormonal volatility practically pings off the walls...The subtlety of the craftsmanship, the assurance of tone and the thematic incisiveness are remarkable, astonishingly so for a first work...DeLappe has a knack for making her artfulness appe...
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