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The Wolves

Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Clever, Refreshing, Great writing
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Critics
87
25 reviews
Members
86
159 reviews
 

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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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.

 

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Reviews (184)

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87
Avg Score

95
The New York Times

for a previous production "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." Full Review

90
Time Out New York

for a previous production "Sarah DeLappe’s extremely skillful debut...DeLappe's exquisitely orchestrated cross talk and overlapping banter, dense with profanity and jokes, is quite musical...The characters are drawn quickly but precisely and are acted by a dynamic young ensemble...Their fraught, heightened lives are revealed in blurry glimpses, as the restless, roving narrative darts across a curving swath of AstroTurf as green as youth." Full Review

90
Theatermania

for a previous production "DeLappe's dialogue adeptly mines the profundity out of these trivial exchanges...Equally impressive is how DeLappe gets us well-acquainted with all nine of the girls on the team, played by a roster of excellent actresses...It's a picture of female camaraderie in its most authentic form...Most heartening of all is that DeLappe has created an ensemble of distinct female characters without leaning on romantic partners or traditional feminine tropes to define them." Full Review

90
The Huffington Post

for a previous production "The author tells a fully realized story over the course of a taut ninety minutes, skillfully dropping information here and there so that her audience can gradually put things together and realize what has purposely not been spelled out in capital letters...Neugebauer does a scalpel-precise job with her young Wolves; DeLappe has a lot going on in the world of her play, and Neugebauer guides our attention so we catch it all...Make sure not to miss it this month." Full Review

95
Variety

for a previous production "An exhilarating play…Directed with naturalistic virtuosity by Lila Neugebauer…DeLappe’s brilliance is that she reveals her players as they gossip, taunt, comfort and conspire not as archetypes, but as young women on the cusp of becoming their own self-defined characters, with the possibility to change, challenge and grow…In this heady rush of adolescent energy, ideas and emotion, the ensemble work is astonishing." Full Review

90
New York Magazine / Vulture

for a previous production "Neugebauer has calibrated the volume and the emphasis so you’ll never be totally lost. But you’ll nevertheless be lost, in the most realistic and powerful way...The firecracker dialogue, even half garbled in the rush of it, has the unmistakable ping of reality. It is both hilarious and perfectly expressive of each character who speaks it...Girlhood, obviously, is the general subject, but not in any saccharine sense...With luck, this extraordinary new work will become a popular one, too." Full Review

80
New York Theater

for a previous production "The production both shows off the playwright’s terrific ear for the way her adolescent characters speak, and respects her attempt to capture the texture of everyday life in a community of young women...DeLappe could have done more to make the audience feel better acquainted with her characters...If 'The Wolves' requires an unusual degree of attentiveness, it offers something in exchange...the work of DeLappe, a promising new voice in the theater." Full Review

85
Lighting & Sound America

for a previous production "In just a few highly economical pages of dialogue, DeLappe establishes her subjects as smart, sassy, and wised-up, yet also more than a little naïve about the wider world...The director, Lila Neugebauer, has a way with large casts and 'The Wolves' can easily be enjoyed for the seamless interaction of nine actresses...DeLappe renders the team members perceptively and with sympathy." Full Review

90
Theatre's Leiter Side

for a previous production “With the audience seated in bleachers on wooden folding chairs on either side of a wide expanse of AstroTurf, you definitely get the feel of being a fly on the wall listening in to the casual conversation of garrulous teenagers. DeLappe's great strength is in capturing with remarkable accuracy the expressions, rhythms, and inflections of teenage girls, as well as their preoccupations with the trivialities of menstruation, boys, and other essentials of immediate post-pubescence.” Full Review

90
Theater In The Now

for a previous production "'The Wolves' goes beyond a play about the difficulties of teen-hood. It's the nuances that set it apart. Heartbreak and resiliency play integral parts in the later stages of the plot...Director Lila Neugebauer's vivacious staging is vigorous yet uniform. With a regimented choreography of stretching and drills, reality took control. Neugebauer matched each beat to a movement naturally...'The Wolves' returned for a reason. It's a phenomenal production." Full Review

90
Front Mezz Junkies

for a previous production "Sarah DeLappe, the playwright, delivers spectacularly on her debut production...This is where DeLappe’s genius is most apparent: in the details and the differences...It’s captivating watching the teens argue, fight, tease, and commune together, wanting to be a uniformed force, but also striving for personal identity, individualization, acceptance, and accomplishment...The team and the play are the true winners here." Full Review

70
TheaterScene.net

for a previous production "Pleasant, formulaic and ultimately not that involving...Ms. DeLappe has created a highly theatrical and very well structured work that lovingly captures the sense of contemporary adolescence...It’s all technically impressive but thematically routine. Fitfully entertaining, by its strategically dramatic conclusion there really isn’t much impact...Ms. Neugebauer’s superior staging is extremely visual and also achieves emotional intensity due to her excellent results obtained from the cast." Full Review

85
Bob's Theater Blog

for a previous production "We observe how each player attempts to navigate the difficult shoals between girlhood and womanhood, moving between personal concerns and the world at large...The cast is outstanding, individually and collectively. The ensemble work in their drills is amazing. Director Lila Neugebauer certainly knows how to manage a lot people onstage at once...Although I found the final part of the play a bit manipulative, my overall impression was highly favorable. I look forward to DeLappe’s future work." Full Review

80
Upstage-Downstage

for a previous production "Compelling and insightful...The playwright has a great ear for the way girls talk to each other...There are a couple of places where situations feel a little forced...Anyone hankering for a fully plotted play with a clearly delineated conflict and resolution may be disappointed by the unwavering attention on the girls' interactions. But the consistently strong cast under Lila Neugebauer’s sharply focused direction does a splendid job of opening the door on the world of these teenage girls." Full Review

90
Broadway & Me

for a previous production "I'm so crazy about 'The Wolves,' the new non-gender titled play written by the gifted young playwright Sarah DeLappe...Although there's the usual bickering and casual one-upmanship that's common in any group, there's very little of the bitchiness that so many fictional works seem to believe define female relationships. Plus, the acting is all-out terrific...The dialog, the direction and the performances work together to make each a distinctive and recognizable individual." Full Review

85
Theater Pizzazz

for a previous production "Playwright Sarah DeLappe is surely enjoying the many incarnations of this play that she created through Playwrights Realm, featuring an ensemble of nine very talented young actors...I must give a shout out to Lizzy Jutila, the goalie, the quiet one, whose pent up emotions run wild in a display of physical explosiveness...Director Lila Neugebauer works magic with the cast and melds beautifully with Ms. DeLappe, making for a wonderful partnership." Full Review

95
Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "A hilarious and emotional portrait of teenage girls discovering who they are, on and off the soccer field…Neugebauer has expertly crafted the social cues and the natural pauses lending to the feeling that we’re really in the room with this team…Everything that comes out of their mouths feels real and unrehearsed…‘The Wolves’ is one of the strongest new plays I’ve seen Off Broadway in recent memory...DeLappe’s voice is strong, refreshing, and certainly one to watch." Full Review

75
CurtainUp

for a previous production "The nine young women haven't been given names. But their distinct and credibly realized personalities are given keen dramatic shape by playwright Sarah Delappe in her slight but enjoyable play....To the playwright's credit is that each girl is sketched with both bold and subtle strokes that make them appear real...The quality of the acting is top-notch...The play courageously eschews a strong central character but it could gain substance with a more compelling dramatic device than what we get." Full Review

75
WNYC

for a previous production "'The Wolves' does something completely unexpected: it shows us teenage girls without cliché...There are no types here. There are just people. Which is why it's such a raging disappointment that a tragic event comes from nowhere at the end. It felt like a betrayal...The shift at the end turns it into a different play. It's heavy-handed and not necessary. But it doesn't discount the wonder that DeLappe has created in the beginning." Full Review

90
Village Voice

for a previous production "In Sarah DeLappe's smart, delightful play, a high school team is the vehicle for exploring much bigger things…DeLappe's dialogue is hilarious and idiosyncratic, moving swiftly from gross-out humor to pain. The choreography lends the scenes a beautiful rhythm, and the cast endows their characters with both lightness and depth…'The Wolves' is thrilling: for its confidence and generosity—and for its feminism. DeLappe offers us ninety minutes in a smart, sympathetic, female world." Full Review

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Exeunt Magazine

for a previous production "The playwright has a terrific ear not just for the rhythms of adolescent girls’ speech, but for the way they dart between conversations...The tight structure of the play sneaks up on you. Its constant undercurrents turn out to convey essential nuggets of information that bring real emotional payoffs...Director Lila Neugebauer gives the piece its strong physicality...Neugebauer also gets uniformly strong work out of the ensemble." Full Review

85
Carey Purcell

for a previous production "Directed with admirable precision by Lila Neugebauer…’The Wolves’ paints a startlingly realistic portrayal of the social status of teenagers…Rather than condescend, 'The Wolves' presents the darker aspects of its characters’ lives without any commentary or judgment…'The Wolves' moves evenly at a swift pace and never lags…This impressive play by DeLappe inspires a sense of optimism about more works like this in the future." Full Review

90
New York Theatre Review

for a previous production "A searing examination of nine young girls coming of age and figuring out the persons they’re going to become...DeLappe’s rich play about the experience of being a privileged American teenager delves into everyday interactions to question how and why these girls respond the way they do...The ladies in 'The Wolves' are fierce and nuanced, bringing to life three-dimensional characters that are messy and fun and real...It is simultaneously hilarious, insightful and heartbreaking." Full Review

95
Plays to See

for a previous production "Courageous, laugh-out-loud funny and oh-my-mascara-is-all-over my face touching…A hilarious and fast-paced show…No subject is left untouched. The audience is kept on the edges of their seats while watching words and emotions volley between the players. The girls are played phenomenally, with nary a weak link on the team…These young powerhouse actresses do justice to the strong script." Full Review

90
The Independent (UK)

for a previous production "A beautiful mix of 'war movie' and dance theatre…The best testament of the play’s powerful storytelling and universal appeal was the mixed audience, complete with older men alternately snorting laughter and wiping away tears. But it was all about the girls, and - perhaps most telling - a group of them were giggling in the front row." Full Review

See: Critics' Reviews | Members' Reviews
86
Avg Score

86
For a previous production
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you want to be thrilled and engrossed.

Don't see it if you want your theatre polite and classic

85
For a previous production
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if you're interested in a well written, directed and acted play about relationships between a group of young women.

Don't see it if you want a play with easy answers.

89
For a previous production
Funny, Absorbing, Refreshing, Riveting, Great writing

See it if you want to experience an incredible new play that gives us real insight into the lives and minds of these young adults.

Don't see it if you are offended by language, especially sexually explicit language said by high schoolers, despite how brutally real it may actually be.

94
For a previous production
Clever, Exquisite, Great acting, Riveting, Great writing

See it if you like intelligent, witty writing that pushes boundaries. The play is fresh and masterful

Don't see it if I honestly can't think of a reason not to see it. It's phenomenal

82
For a previous production
Ambitious, Dizzying, Indulgent, Overrated, Interesting

See it if you'd enjoy a drama about students balancing the pressures of athletic competition and teenage life.

Don't see it if the fact that the characters frequently talk over each other will annoy you.

87
For a previous production
Absorbing, Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you're interested in terrific new plays taking on a universal theme.

Don't see it if you can't handle some cursing or some difficult subjects.

86
For a previous production
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you like bright funny relevant dialogue, delivered with truth and commitment. you like intimacy and the slow reveal of character.

Don't see it if you want flash. you have no imagination. you dont like overlapping dialog. you like set pieces with fixed positions- this play moves.

69
For a previous production
Ambitious, Intense, Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated

See it if Are interested in the interaction of nine girls on a soccer team. Very relevant to today!

Don't see it if Are not interested in seeing nine girls on a soccer team interact.

85
For a previous production
Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Overrated, Great staging

See it if You enjoy new, ensemble-driven plays that focus on contemporary topics and language. Even better if you're interested in an all-female play.

Don't see it if You don't want to listen to high school girls talk about topics relevant to them (even if the conversation is meaningful and intelligent).

81
For a previous production
Absorbing, Ambitious, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if You like well-written ensemble plays with impressive choreography and relatable characters

Don't see it if You want perfect acting and a happy go lucky storyline

85
For a previous production
Dizzying, Edgy, Intense, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if Lively teen talk flows in all directions while girls stretch and practice. Characters and relationships form amidst life's troubles.

Don't see it if You don't like "slice of life" plays with coming-of-age themes.

85
For a previous production
Absorbing, Ambitious, Delightful, Great acting, Intense

See it if you enjoy the craft of storytelling through conversation and character development.

Don't see it if you are turned off by it relying on some standard plotting to finish the story.

Also It is a great young cast and told from a new perspective so worth chec... Read more Read less

83
For a previous production
Absorbing, Ambitious, Refreshing, Great writing, Cliched

See it if you like plays that really put you in an unfamiliar world and let you sit with really well-drawn characters.

Don't see it if you want a satisfying whole and have no patience for emotional manipulation.

92
For a previous production
Funny, Delightful, Resonant, Great staging, Smart

See it if you want to explore life/the world through the eyes of a group of bright, likeable teenage girls. An ode to women, friendship & soccer.

Don't see it if overlapping voices and teenage chatter annoy you. However, the way individual personalities are revealed amid all the noise is a true feat!

80
For a previous production
Great acting, Intense, Engaging

See it if you would enjoy an examination of a variety of female issues, as well as issues of diversity and teams in general.

Don't see it if you would be truned-off by an all female cast or prefer light and happy plays.

70
For a previous production
Great acting, Disappointing, Overrated, Interesting, Different

See it if I went because of the hype and found it way overrated. It was interesting and original but certainly not groundbreaking. Slow at times.

Don't see it if You don't like teen banter ... or stretching .... or soccer.

89
For a previous production
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you want to see a well-written and well-directed show about a high school girls' soccer team. The dialogue felt very real.

Don't see it if you don't like overlapping dialogue.

97
For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You're searching for an intimate character study that raises more questions than addresses problem interests you.

Don't see it if You're looking for a larger "sociopolitical" play.

85
For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Great staging

See it if You like a well done ensemble piece, want to be entertained, and transported to your youth and the connections you had

Don't see it if You can't get tickets. This was very well done and a refreshing work. Skip it if you have difficulty following multiple conversations

85
For a previous production
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Moving

See it if you want to see an excellent new play that gloriously passes the Bechdel Test.

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this beautiful play performed by these terrific actors.

87
For a previous production
Absorbing, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if S. Delappe has created a play with a very unique voice: engaging and original.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional texts. Seating is tight and uncomfortable.

88
For a previous production
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy exposure to youth culture and human depth.

Don't see it if you don't care about the youth or you want clearer dialogue.

82
For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you are a fan of ensemble pieces; you are interested in seeing an original piece by a new and exciting artist

Don't see it if you can't keep up with fast/overlapping speech; you prefer pieces structured around a single character

94
For a previous production
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you're interested in the way teenage girls interact with each other and deal with everyday tragedies, especially in context of sports

Don't see it if you don't care about youth culture or the way young females are made to feel by other members of society

94
For a previous production
Hilarious, Engaging, Great staging, Fresh, Rollercoaster

See it if You want to see a very engaging play about young women that doesn't shy away from how they really act with each other.

Don't see it if You can't follow a play that sometimes has overlapping dialogue and conversations happening simultaneously.

Also If you didn't get to see this the first go around (like myself) then b... Read more Read less