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‘The Wolves’ stands out from the pack

Photo via the Department of Theatre Arts.

Instead of simply logging into Netflix, Hulu or Disney+, maybe it’s time to come out of hibernation for the winter and experience what’s blooming in Hartmann Center.

With an all-female cast, the Bradley theatre department is kicking off this year with “The Wolves,” a play about the trials and tribulations of a high school indoor soccer team.

The cast does a phenomenal job at conveying the roller coaster of emotions the players face at every obstacle and challenge they confront. The twists and turns of the plot keep them on their toes, but the actresses do not disappoint. They deliver their lines with such raw emotion that, at times, it is difficult to imagine that they’re anyone but the character they portray.

The play takes advantage of the teenage mentality and personas to sprinkle in comedic relief. For instance, over the course of the production, the players bicker about sex, tampons and hot moms. The immature high school attitude comes across almost too perfectly.

The charisma of the actresses is enough to get laughs from the audience, but the wit of the lines doesn’t hurt either. The play may seem light and happy at first glance, but it is not all fun and soccer games.

The piece also tackles serious topics such as Plan B, fitting in and dealing with grief. While warming up and stretching, the girls also run their mouths and flex their brain muscles.

Perhaps the most intriguing part of the performance, though, was the attention to political and international news as the players debate hot topic issues such as the Khmer Rouge, Abu-Ghraib and immigration camps.

All in all, “The Wolves” is a riveting production that is sure to score with any audience. From laughing to crying, this cast is sure to leave an impression. Be sure to check out “The Wolves” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28 or at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 29.

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