The Wolves

The Wolves NYC Reviews and Tickets

(314 Reviews)
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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.

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Member Reviews (314)

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909 Reviews | 924 Followers
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. Read more

884 Reviews | 1014 Followers
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. Read more

708 Reviews | 155 Followers
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

677 Reviews | 189 Followers
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).

534 Reviews | 132 Followers
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?

406 Reviews | 188 Followers
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 Read more

399 Reviews | 203 Followers
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.

414 Reviews | 74 Followers
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 Read more

Critic Reviews (40)

The New York Times
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 level playing field for a team of disparate personalities who give fresh credence to the idea that onstage, in union there is strength."
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Time Out New York
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 those who worry or complain about kids today. Seeing 'The Wolves' for a second time, I picked up on a number of things I had missed the first time. The soccer here is smart as hell."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 feels too neatly calibrated to be truly astonishing...The nine young women who prowl the practice pitch in 'The Wolves' take a good play and go a long way towards making it a great one."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 appear almost accidental. Her dialogue has the unwritten sound of real conversation...This is one of the most striking playwriting debuts in recent memory, and absolutely not to be missed."
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Entertainment Weekly
November 20th, 2017

"'The Wolves’ most impressive feat is its subtlety: DeLappe’s script is empty in all the right places, as the audience pieces together aspects of the characters’ lives from clues given...This is also a testament to both Neugebauer’s direction and the cast’s innate understanding of their characters...A play that takes teenage girls seriously, never leaning into easy parody, but instead elevating their struggles and successes into an unforgettable, deeply moving work of drama."
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New York Daily News
November 20th, 2017

"Smart, nimble and told through an intriguing out-of-the-box approach, the play is a gripping slice of fly-on-the-stadium-wall realism...There’s more crosstalk and interruptions than a 'Real Housewives' reunion. And, yeah, that’s exactly how people talk in groups...The play is skillfully directed by Lila Neugebauer and deftly acted by a tightknit ensemble of 10...Add me to the pack of admirers for this terrific play."
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November 20th, 2017

"An amazing debut play...Neugebauer directs and choreographs the play with mesmerizing syncopation...The text is so real that it's almost as if DeLappe transcribed real conversations between teenage girls; the performances are so authentic that it almost feels like we're eavesdropping on these ritualistic moments of young adulthood. For this engagement, Neugebauer and her excellent company have managed to clarify the material even further...One of the best plays of the decade."
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November 26th, 2017

“An exceptional ensemble…The work of director Lila Neugebauer achieves a remarkable naturalism, even while the actors are choreographed into set routines and speaking their overlapping lines while allowing for the more important points to surface above the clamor. As DeLappe's debut piece, ‘The Wolves’ introduces a playwright with a fine ear for authentic dialogue who can cleverly structure a play non-traditionally.”
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