A Real Boy
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A Real Boy
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A Real Boy NYC Reviews and Tickets

65%
(18 Reviews)
Positive
72%
Mixed
17%
Negative
11%
Members say
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent

About the Show

Ivy Theatre Company, in association with Athena Theatre, present a satiric play about what happens when two puppets adopt a human child.

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Member Reviews (18)

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428 Reviews | 127 Followers
50
Relevant, Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Interesting writing

See it if you enjoy puppets without personalities; decent acting within an overlong and slow moving production; interesting ideas unfulfilled

Don't see it if you hate puppets of any kind; you are not able to suspend your beliefs in reality; this is not Pinocchio, and not for kids.

301 Reviews | 152 Followers
80
Clever, Unique, Great writing, Allegorical, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy shows with clever concepts that are well written and you can appreciate satire and allegories.

Don't see it if You require your shows to be literal and can't appreciate a good metaphor Read more

77 Reviews | 55 Followers
2
Confusing, Banal, Indulgent

See it if don't.

Don't see it if don't.

65 Reviews | 8 Followers
98
Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy shows where you interpret the message for yourself and think about it for a long time afterwards; you like satirical comedy

Don't see it if You don't enjoy puppets or a challenging, experimental piece

47 Reviews | 11 Followers
51
Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if An original idea

Don't see it if It doesn't know what puppet people are a metaphor for and loses the plot in the second act

24 Reviews | 31 Followers
30
Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Quirky, Slow

See it if You really like puppets

Don't see it if You don't like confusing mixed metaphors and clunky staging.

2 Reviews | 2 Followers
85
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Ambitious, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you want to see a dynamic duality of performance between puppet and puppeteer, with a thoughtful confrontation of ingrained prejudices

Don't see it if you don't like being in close quarters with the performance, or if issues of discrimination and family separation are triggering

1 Review | 1 Follower
79
Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if You like a unique vision mixed with puppetry and a refreshing change of pace in regards to story.

Don't see it if You need everything tied up neatly or like the story to follow a simple 1-2-3 plot structure. Read more

Critic Reviews (13)

Theatermania
August 9th, 2017

“Kaplan's colored his play with so much commentary...the result disorients rather than illuminates. The staging, under the sloppy direction of Audrey Alford, adds to the confusion…It's hard to see what's happening…Which, frankly, is just as well…While the puppets are underwhelming, the human characters are overdone…If Kaplan and other members of this production had studied reality more closely themselves, they might have given audiences a real play."
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BroadwayWorld
August 8th, 2017

“This cleverly staged show provides a view of how parenting, education, and government policy can affect a young child...‘A Real Boy’ effectively challenges ideas about individual values, acceptance, and the role of institutions...The cast features a group of thespians that capture their roles...'A Real Boy' is a unique and thought-provoking piece of theater."
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Lighting & Sound America
August 8th, 2017

“A real muddle, a weird tale about the plight of marionettes that gets thoroughly tangled in its own plot strings…In all my decades of theatregoing, I cannot think of another play that used its central plot device more awkwardly and to so little effect…The problems abound in Alford's production. The puppet characters lack any sense of individuality…The performances are shrill and overwrought throughout, a clear sign that nobody in the cast has a clear notion of how to proceed.”
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Talkin' Broadway
August 6th, 2017

"A work-in-progress...'A Real Boy' veers off into far too many directions...'A Real Boy' contains some wonderfully absurd situations and dialog...But neither the director, Audrey Alford, nor the diverse cast have quite figured out the tone or the direction they want to go with this. The plot...needs to be more sharply focused, and the characters need to be more clearly drawn...The play is in sore need of honing and polishing in order to escape its thematic tug-of-war."
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TheaterScene.net
August 9th, 2017

"Stephen Kaplan's 'A Real Boy' is about a pair of puppets, named Peter and Mary Ann Myers, who adopt the eponymous child named Max, and it proves about as preposterous as such a premise suggests. It isn't helped by director Audrey Alford's often awkward staging, or by a muddled and confusing conclusion."
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Theatre is Easy
August 7th, 2017

"'A Real Boy' certainly raises some interesting and uneasy questions, but unfortunately it gets tangled in symbolism and loses emotional connection with the audience. But despite the fact that the play gets confused by its own conventions and, as a result, suffers from muddled direction and acting, 'A Real Boy' bares a grain of noble intention."
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Front Row Center
August 7th, 2017

"'A Real Boy' is trying very, very hard to be a real story about real issues...The fact that it fails in spite of the talent is disappointing...Michael and George seem to have some real acting chops. What they have not been guided to do is handle a marionette...The reality of this choice–to make the marionettes, well, marionettes instead of 'people'–creates a conflict that buries the story...The parable sputters across the finish line, and the good intentions are for naught."
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Stage Buddy
August 7th, 2017

"The play deals with the essential ideas of self-acceptance and acceptance of others, and the emotional intensity of the performers is commendable, but, the use of the puppets was a hindrance rather than an enhancement to metaphor and emotion. I wanted to see George’s face as Mary grappled with what was best for Max, but I was distracted by the clumsiness of the expressionless puppet. Selznick also gives a moving performance and their vulnerable portrayal of Max was a highlight."
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