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A Real Boy

From 13 critic and 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."

DC Metro Theater Arts

"The telling of the didactic post-modern tale ranges in tone from witty satire to serious discourse, from full-blown tension to symbol-laden fantasy...Despite some unclear symbolism at the play’s end, an unexpectedly easy resolution to all the antipathy, the inexplicable transition from puppets into people, and a marked shift in mood...,through the use of humor and imagination, 'A Real Boy' delivers an important message for our troubled times.” Full Review


"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." Full Review

Theatre's Leiter Side

“Ann Beyersdorfer's set represents a kindergarten classroom, although kindergarten classrooms no longer look like this one...Nevertheless, this is the least of 'A Real Boy's' problems. Those begin with an hour-and-50-minute, jumbled, overwritten script that clouds whatever issues it's trying to address with so many fantastical and thinly satiric distractions that you're never quite sure just what it wants to say, which arguments you should favor, or just what those arguments are.” Full Review

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

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, 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!

Cast & Creatives (17)