By: Sam Young
MSMC Theatre from Apr. 11-13 put on a production of “The Wolves,” a play about a girl’s high school soccer team set in suburban America. Directed by Professor James Phillips, all three performances had a packed house.
The drama, written by Sarah DeLappe, follows nine teenage girls as they deal with deep-set emotional obstacles, such as confidence, self-comparison and conformity. These obstacles, which plague the minds of many adolescents throughout America, make the play highly relatable, especially to those who may recall the troubles of their own youth.
Even though the characters are deciphered only by the numbers on their shirts, “The Wolves” successfully differentiates the girls by giving each of them a unique personality and distinct internal struggle. Some of the characters include the daughter of a travel writer struggling to fit into a new school, a smart but socially ineloquent girl failing to explain her views and a hard-working team captain who desperately tries to keep the other players together.
On top of the play’s apparent slice of life appeal, it also has a consistent overarching message, telling the audience to take care when making assumptions about people. Many of the problems faced by the play’s characters result from inaccurate judgements passed onto them by their teammates. These judgements include speculations about the new girl’s home life and her history playing soccer as well as gossip about another girl’s alleged sexual encounter and the personal choices she made thereafter.
All in all, the accurate portrayal of adolescence, the diverse set of problems among the cast of characters and the potent theme about impartiality makes “The Wolves” a fantastic piece, thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking.