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."
“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." Full Review
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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.
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