The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe’s is a tense and funny look into the locker room of a high school girls soccer team. Sonorous Road Repertory Company’s production of the show went up last night at the Sonorous Road Theatre & Film Studio on Hillsborough St. in Raleigh, NC. Nine young women, playing high school girls, bring us laughter and maybe a few tears for 90 uninterrupted minutes. Interestingly, it seems that women athletes are as raunchy in the locker room as men are. And they certainly are as competitive.
These performers are not only actors, but they must be athletes as well, always competing, both among themselves and on the field of play. The plot is exposed as the girls arrive to do pre-game warmups and as they return from the field. In these moments, we meet them as individuals and observe them as team members. And then they get up and start exercising and chattering again. The pace is nonstop; and these nine women are in constant synchronized motion, without a moment’s rest. The choreography that accomplishes this whirl-wind action comes from movement director Heather J. Strickland.
Ultimately, this view into the building of teamwork; young ladies encouraging and squabbling with each other, making alliances and antagonisms, is a coming-of-age story. We get to watch them pull through, with each other as team mates do. And they even have a soccer mom!
Director Michelle Murray Wells has chosen a fine ensemble; and she keeps them busy, moving, and emotionally available. The program lists them numerically, according to their jerseys: Sierra Smith: #00, Ivy Evers: #2, Samantha Matthews: #7, Harper Cleland: #8, Elise Kimple: # 11, Pimpila Violette: #13, Shawn Morgenlander: #14, Kimmy Fiorentino: #25, and Supriya Jaya: #46. Benji Taylor Jones rounds out the cast as the Soccer Mom.
Costume designer Alex LaGrand has clothed this cast perfectly, with team uniforms and civvy attire that seems to be custom chosen for each of the teens. Scene changes are enhanced by the lighting designer Kaitlin Rider.
Sonorous Road Rep’s presentation of The Wolves is a very entertaining show, performed and directed by excellent and strong talent. This is a “Wolf Pack” that you surely won’t want to miss.
SECOND OPINION: Feb. 16th Raleigh, NC CVNC review by Roy C. Dicks: https://cvnc.org/article.cfm?articleId=9283; Feb. 13th Raleigh, NC Indy Week mini-preview by Byron Woods: https://indyweek.com/events/the-wolves/; Feb. 13th Hillsborough, NC WHUP/104.7 FM interview with director Michelle Murray Wells and movement director Heather J. Strickland, conducted by Wayne Leonard for “Lights Up!”: https://whupfm.org/episode/lights-up-2-13-19-permanent-archive/; and Feb. 7th Cary, NC RDU on Stage podcast interview with director Michelle Murray Wells and movement director Heather J. Strickland, conducted by Lauren Van Hemert: https://rduonstage.com/2019/02/07/video-sonorous-michelle-wells-and-heather-strickland-talk-the-wolves/. (Note: To read Triangle Arts and Entertainment’s online version of the Feb. 16th Triangle Review review by Pamela Vesper and Kurt Benrud, click http://triangleartsandentertainment.org/2019/02/sarah-delappes-the-wolves-at-sonorous-road-theatre-is-a-howling-success/.)
Sonorous Road Repertory Company presents THE WOLVES at 3 p.m. Feb. 17, 8 p.m. Feb. 22 and 23, 3 p.m. Feb. 24, 8 p.m. Feb. 25 and 28 and March 1 and 2, and 3 p.m. March 3 at Sonorous Road Theatre & Film Studio (The Royal Bakery Building), 3801 Hillsborough St., Suite 113, Raleigh, North Carolina 27607.
BOX OFFICE: 919-803-3798 or https://sonorousroadrep.org/tickets.
INFORMATION: 919-803-3798 or firstname.lastname@example.org. SHOW: https://sonorousroadrep.org/the-wolves and https://www.facebook.com/events/1098350160336992/.
VIDEO PREVIEW: https://www.facebook.com/sonorousroad/videos/281998065808795/.
2019 SEASON: https://sonorousroadrep.org/shows.
PRESENTER: https://sonorousroadrep.org/. VENUE: https://www.sonorousroad.com/, https://www.facebook.com/sonorousroad/, and https://twitter.com/sonorousroad.
PARENTAL ADVISORY: On its website, Sonorous Road Rep cautions, “Due to mature themes[, this play is] recommended for Ages 14 and Up.”
The Wolves (2016 Off-Broadway play and 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Drama): https://www.samuelfrench.com/p/62099/the-wolves (Samuel French, Inc.), https://www.playwrightsrealm.org/the-wolves (The Playwrights Realm’s play page), http://www.lortel.org/Archives/Production/6209 (Internet Off-Broadway Database), and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wolves_(play) (Wikipedia).
The Script: http://books.google.com/ (Google Books).
Study Guide: https://www.lct.org/media/filer_public/5a/ea/5aea35bb-2492-4865-b701-b007ff34cb78/thewolvesstudyguide.pdf (Lincoln Center Theater in New York City).
Sarah DeLappe (playwright): https://www.pulitzer.org/finalists/sarah-delappe (Pulitzer Prize bio), https://newplayexchange.org/users/2893/sarah-delappe (New Play Exchange bio), http://www.lortel.org/Archives/CreditableEntity/47770 (Internet Off-Broadway Database), and https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/sarah-delappe-514492 (Internet Broadway Database).
Michelle Murray Wells (director): https://www.michellemurraywells.com/ (official website), https://www.sonorousroad.com/staff/ (Sonorous Road bio), http://www.imdb.com/name/nm8678173/ (Internet Movie Database), and https://www.facebook.com/michelle.m.wells.9 (Facebook page).
Martha Keravuori is a life-long theater artist — an actress, director, and stage manager — in North Carolina, around the country, and overseas. She has a theater degree from UNC-Greensboro, and has been active in the arts in Raleigh for the past 40 years. Martha is the retired executive director of the North Carolina Theatre Conference. Chuck Galle returned to Raleigh last year after a 17-year absence. He was active in community theater for many years, and directed the troupe of maximum-security inmates at Raleigh’s Central Prison known as the Central Prison Players. In New England, he performed on stage, on TV, and in films. He is the author of Stories I Never Told My Daughter — An Odyssey, which can be ordered on Amazon.com. Chuck Galle and Martha Keravuori previously reviewed theater for Boom! Magazine of Cary. Click here to read more of their reviews for Triangle Review and Triangle Arts and Entertainment.