Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls’ indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the raw vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. This is the premise of Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves at Lyric Stage Company through Feb. 3. “I wanted to see a portrait of teenage girls as human beings—as complicated, nuanced, very idiosyncratic people,” DeLappe says. Directed by A. Nora Long, The Wolves explores the inner lives of young women who grapple with their identity as athletes and daughters, students and scholars, and people who are trying to figure out who they are in a changing world.
The Wolves first opened in 2016 in The Duke On 42nd Street theater in New York and received an Obie Award for Ensemble in 2017. Local audiences and critics have praised the performance as “one of the most amazing shows I’ve seen in Boston in a really long time!” and “this wonderful play [will] manage to simultaneously break and lift your heart.”
The Wolves is playing at Lyric Stage Company of Boston through Feb. 3. For more information, visit lyricstage.com.