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Wolf in the River

From 38 member  reviews
Members say: Intense, Edgy, Ambitious, Confusing, Great staging

About the show

The Flea Theater presents this world premiere drama by playwright Adam Rapp about a young girl trapped in a world of neglect, longing for escape. More…

Adam Rapp's new play explores love and neglect, the challenges of poverty, the dangerous cost of shiftlessness, the notion of leaving a place behind, and the value of a girl. This new work by the Pulitzer-nominated writer investigates the yearning to leave your hometown, the drama of first love, and the dangerous cost of boredom, all through the lens of savage small-town America.

Member Reviews (38)


Intense, Edgy, Ambitious, Confusing, Great staging
Avg Score

Ambitious, Edgy, Great staging, Great writing, Intense

See it if It's Adam Rapp so you know at the very worst it will be amazing. Great set and staged perfect in the round. you felt like you were in it.

Don't see it if you want to be challenged and asked to think.

Original, Edgy, Confusing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if You like cutting edge shows and are a fan of anything by Adam Rapp

Don't see it if You expect a clear plot and dislike zombies

Edgy scary charismatic original writing

See it if Rapp's vision of self-destructive white trash in the South is disquieting. Vivid storytelling through violence and outrageous imagery.

Don't see it if Jack Ellis is totally riveting and charismatic. He gives life to Rapp's histrionics. Another shirtless hardbody e.g. Ben Walker, Alex Breaux


See it if You come to Adam Rapp for the strange, unexpected, bizarre (and who doesn't) don't mind the offensive and know the Bats might do anything

Don't see it if You need more than just strange, as the thought provoking, dare I say insightful he sometimes brings to the stage.

Ambitious, Great staging, Original, Intelligent, Edgy

See it if You'd enjoy a sophisticated wild disturbing journey which may (or not depending on audience chance) end well. Ambitious & creatively staged.

Don't see it if The ugly, course, sexually threatening isn't something you want to experience-or if you simply prefer your plays to have a clear narrative.

Ambitious, Great staging, Original, Excessive, Raunchy

See it if You like Adam Rapp's work...even if you haven't liked some of his most recent stuff. This is really good.

Don't see it if You can't handle excess, nudity, violence, etc.

Edgy, Raunchy, Intense

See it if You want to be challenged. This is an adult Lord of The Flies. Very disturbing.

Don't see it if You insist on a straightforward linear narrative. There is a heap of metaphor here. You will have to pay attention.

Great acting, Edgy, Great staging, Intense, Riveting

See it if you like being shaken-up by intense scenes acted brilliantly in an intimate setting that offers no barrier between stage and audience

Don't see it if you want a romantic comedy, are on a first date, or are averse to nudity and violence

Ambitious, Enchanting, Great writing, Intense, Riveting

See it if Wish you could have, it was great I hope they publish the play

Don't see it if You don't like intense or uncomfortable subject material (if that's the case stay away from Adam Rapp)

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Forgettable, Boring, Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent

See it if You enjoy productions off the beaten path, and are open to non-narrative pieces.

Don't see it if You want a compelling experimental theater experience beyond a few moments of "Oh that's clever."

Clever, Dizzying, Edgy, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy dark humor and a thoughtful musing about life and the future of our society. My friends and I talked about it for several days

Don't see it if You are claustrophobic or squeamish. The actors are in and around the audience, and the story has a good deal of gore and nudity

Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if You want to see the best goddamn portrayal of someone on a skiff by an actor who's on solid ground.

Don't see it if You want a play that offers anything worthwhile as far as story or message.

Edgy, Ambitious, Intense, Funny, Great acting

See it if You like Adam Rapp!

Don't see it if You don't like edgy theater.

Ambitious, Edgy, Great writing, Intense, Riveting

See it if You enjoy art that takes you places you aren't sure you want to go

Don't see it if You aren't into when an artist abuses texture

Original, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You like dark humor and intense dramatic theater

Don't see it if You are squeamish or a kid

Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Edgy, Insipid

See it if You have two hours of your life you want to waste.

Don't see it if You like to be entertained.

During previews
Wtf?!!!, Drug-fueled nonsense, Excruciating, Unintentionally hilarious, Unfocused

See it if You received a comp ticket. You know someone in the company.You want a cookie & fun w/balloons: your reward for sitting through this mess.

Don't see it if You have anything better to do w/your time.You value good storytelling or performance. Just don't see it-not worth your time or money.

During previews
Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid, Overrated, Pretentious

See it if You enjoy sitting through meaningless, ridiculous performance art. You just have to see EVERYTHING ! There is no other reason to see this !

Don't see it if You hate pretentious, badly written and meaningless performance art. You want to keep your good opinion of Adam Rapp.

During previews
Off beat, Ground packing, Notsince sam shepard, Features nudity, Cop out ending

See it if you like admirably physical theatre, [hanging from ropes, wallowing in mud, nudity] & don't mind a circuitous journey

Don't see it if you don't like wallowing in mud, actors hanging over your head on ropes, nudity & a very circuitous journey

During previews
Awful! overdone, acting-school exercise "lord of the flies" hodge-podge, A hot mess

See it if your favorite niece or nephew is in it and you don't mind seeing them naked, covered in dirt and stage blood; you are a masochist.

Don't see it if you like worthwhile theater; you value your time...

During previews
Garbage (literally), Verbose, Awkward, Derivative, Excruciating

See it if You wonder what Mercury Fur would have been like without a plot. There is some decent lighting which is the only positive.

Don't see it if You want something that makes the slightest bit of sense or if audience participation makes you want to die.

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Confusing, Intense, Riveting

See it if Adam Rapp's writing is amazing in this. It's thought-provoking and disturbing and involving and violent. Perfect if you want to be shaken up

Don't see it if You need linear story-telling or the mundane or are disturbed by sex or blood. Not for everyone- compelling if you are willing to be changed

During previews
Edgy, Dark, Original, Ambitious

See it if you're into dark, theatrical storytelling that pushes you out of your comfort zone. (Great show, but I wished I wasn't on the front row.)

Don't see it if you're squeamish gritty, in-your-face theatre with violence and nudity. Rapp seems to be actively trying to make the audience uncomfortable.

During previews
Absorbing, Confusing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense

See it if You don't mind having no understanding of a show. The acting, staging, & poetry are compelling. I have PhD in Lit and I was confused.

Don't see it if You mind having no idea of what is going on in the show you are watching,

During previews
Confusing, Excruciating, When will this show end?, Can i have my money back?, Train wreck

See it if You have friends/family in the cast, and even then, you might want to come up with a credible-sounding excuse to avoid this utter disaster.

Don't see it if You're looking to save 105 minutes of your life and $23, which would be better spent on a mediocre meal at a fast-casual restaurant.

March 21st, 2016
"[The actors] seem to be having just as good a time as Mr. Rapp apparently had writing and directing this tall and bloated tale of nasty doings on the banks of a cannibalistic river...It is easy to imagine 'Wolf' as a collaboration between Tennessee Williams and Erskine Caldwell, both deep in the...
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March 22nd, 2016
"Though 'Wolf' has trouble sustaining its fever-dream intensity, there's no doubt that Rapp can write...Rapp clearly loves horror, but this attempt to import the style onto the stage doesn't quite work. A few of the flaws are in execution: As a director, Rapp creates inventive environmental stagi...
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March 21st, 2016
"Rapp presents a handful of scenes that are among his very best, alongside an assortment of seriously confounding characters and plot contrivances that don't add up to much...The actors bring a fierce intensity to their roles, like sticks of dynamite that have just been lit...'Wolf in the River' ...
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March 25th, 2016
"A wildly overstaged and mostly incoherent tale...Nothing much happens in 'Wolf,' which fades from one scene of depravity to the next....'Wolf in the River' is a would-be shocker undone by its sheer oversupply of grim and grimy details. Even for playwright Adam Rapp, who revels in the details of ...
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