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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

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.

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

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!

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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