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A Real Boy

From 18 member  reviews
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. More…

When the young boy starts growing strings, his kindergarten teacher takes it upon herself to "save" him. 'A Real Boy' explores life for those on the fringe of society and the tensions that arise when others try to fix their "problems."

Member Reviews (18)


Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent
Avg Score

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.

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

Also The strength of this show is in its writing, and that is the basis for... Read more Read less

Confusing, Banal, Indulgent

See it if don't.

Don't see it if don't.

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

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

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.

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

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.

Also A REAL BOY is a compelling new work, one that it riveting even as it's... Read more Read less

Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if This is a thinking piece, questioning education's place in the development of our youngest minds and how home and politics play into this.

Don't see it if You are terrified of puppets!

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy receiving thought provoking moments that will keep you having ah-ha moments days following!

Don't see it if You're scared of puppets:)

Also At first I felt the puppets were clumsy and distracting but as the sce... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if -You enjoy seeing theatre that makes you think -You enjoy new and ambitious work -You joy something experimental and groundbreaking

Don't see it if -You just want to be entertained -Aren't open minded

Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to laugh, cry, think, and feel good

Don't see it if you expect puppets to move and emote like real people

Clever, Great writing, Profound, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if want to enjoy a great show with wonderful writing! Stephen Kaplan is an incredible teacher and an equally gifted playwright!!

Don't see it if you are afraid to challenge your own beliefs and explore societal prejudices from a whimsical point of view.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You are willing to look beyond your own prejudices and belief and look for a deeper meaning in what you see.

Don't see it if You are looking for simple entertainment. It is not Pinocchio.

Also Thought provoking. Each time I think about a line or scene, I am seein... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Funny, Clever, Intelligent

See it if You're willing to let go of a-typical casting & care about art reflecting today times. It challenges our being, limitations and strengths.

Don't see it if You don't like it when the art takes head on what we face everyday. Other than that...challenge yourself. Go!

Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You're looking for a multifaceted look at the public education system, family values, and the place of government in both of these entities.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with intimate theater settings.

Clever, Resonant, Quirky, Refreshing, Confusing

See it if you enjoy the clever use of puppetry to tell a story everyone can relate to.

Don't see it if you don't want to be on stage, because that's how close the seats are!

Also This show was entertaining and clever. It could use a trim, and should... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if If you like to laugh but you also like to be challenged, this incredibly creative play is for you.

Don't see it if You don't like puppets or great writing!

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 char...
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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......
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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. ...
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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
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