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  The Wolves at Atwater Village Theatre

The Wolves

Atwater Village Theatre
3269 Casitas Ave Atwater Village

From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, a girls' indoor soccer team navigates big questions and wages 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, The Wolves -- Sarah DeLappe's award-winning first play -- premiered off-Broadway and went on to win the American Playwriting Foundation's inaugural Relentless Award, and was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Now The Wolves can be enjoyed at the Atwater Village Theatre in Los Angeles.

Thru - May 6, 2019



Price: $34

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 323-644-1929

www.ensemblestudiotheatrela.org



  The Wolves Reviews
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Los Angeles Times - Highly Recommended

"...The play, which is receiving a superb Echo Theater Company production directed by Alana Dietze, revolves around the overlapping exchanges during the pre-match warm-up sessions of a group of high school juniors who play for the Wolves. The talk is fast and fragmentary — routine banter of girls confronting the same social pressures and existential conundrums while their minds and bodies transition into adulthood."
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Charles McNulty


Stage and Cinema - Somewhat Recommended

"...I’m not really sure if director Alana Dietze could have done anything more with The Wolves, a dramatically inert slice-of-life one act that follows an all-female indoor soccer team over a succession of pre-game warm-ups. Playwright Sarah DeLappe’s Pulitzer-finalist (?!?!?!?!) is awash in the perfect patois of adolescents as they gossip about subjects large and small: menstruation, lesbianism, nerves, game trials, and the Khmer Rouge. What begins as a funny, sometimes searing, indictment of gossiping, belonging, and clique-like behavior (with incredibly tight workout choreography but stretching that looks fake) wears on our nerves after 30 of these 90 minutes because it’s all muscle and no bone to hold it up. Try kicking a soccer goal with a body like that."
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Tony Frankel


Stage Scene LA - Highly Recommended

"...Echo Theater Company has not only scored a major coup in snagging the Los Angeles Premiere rights to Sarah DeLappe’s 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist The Wolves, the extraordinary production Echo has mounted of DeLappe’s Altmanesque eavesdropping on six Saturdays of teen-girl soccer warmups will surely be remembered as one of 2019’s best."
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Steven Stanley


KCRW - Highly Recommended

"...It's also important to see this play as part of the stellar body of work from director Alana Dietze. Ms. Dietze has directed a string of plays at the Echo ("Dry Land", "A Small Fire") that have provided tender, poignant and fierce windows on the female experience. If you didn't get a chance to see those two plays - don't miss "The Wolves"."
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Anthony Byrnes


Showmag - Highly Recommended

"...The Wolves is the definition of an ensemble show. The entire cast creates a gallery of varied characters who will tease your memory long after you leave the theater. Those hard-working young ladies are Jacqueline Besson, Katherine Cronyn, Makeda Declet, Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson, Connor Kelly-Eiding, Minzi, Ellen Neary, Donna Zadeh,, and Caitlin Zambito. Alison Martin also makes her moments count as a Soccer Mom."
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Michael Van Duzer


Stage Raw - Highly Recommended

"...It’s both remarkable and unnerving when a writer, director, and cast work in tandem so effectively that you leave the theater feeling like you know the characters personally. It’s a rare magic, currently happening in Atwater Village, where Echo Theater Company is staging Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves."
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Katie Buenneke


Theatre Notes - Highly Recommended

"...The nine young actors are an amazing ensemble and an utter joy to behold. I believe this cast will be nominated come awards season."
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Paul Myrvold


On Stage and Screen - Highly Recommended

"...The Wolves would be terrific even without the big event that happens towards the end, rocking the girls' worlds. While this shifts the story from an everyday tale to something much more theatrical and dramatic, a change some may find unnecessary, it allows DeLappe to show off her impressive writing skills in a different way."
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Erin Conley


Peoples World - Somewhat Recommended

"...The playwright's reach has exceeded her grasp. I think there is the outline of an eventually effective play here (Pulitzer Prize nom and its apparent success in the Big Apple notwithstanding) but there would need to be a lot less dribbling and a lot more plot and character that's about real, named characters, not numbers. I doubt any changes will be made to the script at this late date, however: It's already an established work. I can appreciate the conceit as an intellectual effort, but right now the performance places heavy demands on a theatergoer without sufficient compensatory reward."
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Eric Gordon


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