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Boy

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Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing

About the show

Keen Company and Ensemble Studio Theatre present this world premiere, an investigation into gender about a child who was raised as a girl but is actually a boy. More…

Inspired by a true story, 'Boy' explores the complicated terrain of trying to find love amidst the confusion of sexual identity, and the inextricable bond between a doctor and patient. In the 1960s, a well-intentioned doctor convinces the parents of a male infant to raise their son as a girl after a terrible accident during circumcision. Years later, the child, now a young adult, tries to live anew as a man. A story of the blinding power of love and the complicated mystery of one’s perception of self, 'Boy' is a moving play that questions what shapes the person we are meant to be.

This production is presented by Keen Company and the Ensemble Studio Theatre Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Project.


Member Reviews (78)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing
85
Avg Score

75
Thought-provoking, Interesting, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if Thought-provoking especially since it is based on a real story. Well written and acted. Moving. What would you do in their place?

Don't see it if you are looking for a transgender or a gay themed play. It is about gender.

70
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Slow, Interesting

See it if You're interested in stories on gender themes. It's a unique true story that I haven't seen play out before. Interesting & thought-provoking

Don't see it if Parts of it run a bit slow. Well acted & written but not a must see. If you're interested in the subject you should enjoy yourself.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant

See it if You are or know anyone with gender identity issues or if you just want to see a really smart show told from a very different perspective.

Don't see it if You're a republican.

76
Moving tale of how imposition of nurture over nature can have tragic consequences

See it if /for Bobby Steggert's star turn as boy raised as a girl, excellent ensemble, and fine portrayals of boy/girl's dilemmas as he grows up

Don't see it if since play raises but fails to address a number of questions about identity and has an artistically unsatisfactory ending

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Original, Riveting

See it if you like a well-written, well-performed show about identity. If you're a fan of independent cinema, this is the show for you.

Don't see it if you want big effects and jazz hands.

88
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy plays that make you think. Fascinating topic, terrific acting, well directed.

Don't see it if your favorite show is Jersey Boys

91
Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Topical, Thought-provoking

See it if a very balanced account of gender identity told from several different perspectives. Sensitively dealt with the complex issue.

Don't see it if you want something light hearted or don't like theater that challenges you or makes you think.

Also Bobby Steggert's performance was mesmerizing.

83
Interesting, Ambitious, Relevant, Great lead performance, Pretentious set

See it if You're the type of person who wants to see a play that purports itself as intellectual but really is a surface look on an interesting topic.

Don't see it if You're expecting something more than just another love story with a slight twist.

90
Exquisite, Great staging, Intelligent, Original, Resonant

See it if you want to see a masterful performance by Bobby Steggert of a troubled young man negotiating his gender and sexuality.

Don't see it if you require close to perfection in your dramas. This may not be the perfect play and it can be confusing: is he the boy or girl now? No prob

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Original

See it if you want to see a terrific performance by Bobby Steggert.

Don't see it if you don't want to see the story of someone who had unusual gender issues.

100
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Exquisite, Intelligent

See it if you like challenging stories that ring true emotionally. My mind did not wander once in this production. I loved it. Brilliantly understated

Don't see it if Don't see it if... I don't know... if you don't like theatre (?)

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy

See it if If an engrossing, difficult dilemma appeals. Based on a true story BOY has no real villains just people faced with difficult decisions

Don't see it if Gender identity holds no interest for you.

58
Interesting concept, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to learn more about intersex people (or at least about one fictional intersex person).

Don't see it if you don't like flip-flopping time lines.

100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Must see, Refreshing

See it if you like subtle yet challenging theatre.

Don't see it if you like overblown intensity.

86
Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You enjoy deep, topical material relating to transsexuals. The acting is awesome.

Don't see it if You find sexual material, especially transsexualism, disturbing.

75
Absorbing, Great writing, Original, Relevant, Slow

See it if the social relevance of gender identity is important to you. A moving story of nature vs nurture. Great performance by Bobby Steggert.

Don't see it if you're looking at the hot picture of Bobby Steggert thinking your getting a gay-interest show. This is purely gender-identity related.

88
Great acting, Profound, Original, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a play that makes you think, and poses a 'what would you do' scenario. Don't be put off by the gratuitous poster.

Don't see it if Even though the themes involve children and could even be germane to a young child, Boy isn't for kids under 14 years old or so.

92
Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if If you like an a well acted play base on a true story

Don't see it if Not a show for younger children

76
Absorbing, Edgy

See it if gender issues are important to you, or if you like great dynamics of truly messed up family

Don't see it if you're bored with gender issues

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see great acting, intense and gripping dialog. Mr Steggert gave an extraordinary performance. Loved the set.

Don't see it if you are stuck in the dark ages about gender identity

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting, Anticlimactic

See it if You want to see a fascinating story about self discovery and the hell it takes to get there. Remarkable lead performance.

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy live theatre that explores topics of sexuality, transgenderism, or really scary circumcisions.

80
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You're open-minded.

Don't see it if You're close-minded.

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Ambitious, Clever, Must see

See it if It's not only about gender but also what is identity. So fascinating. Really great writing and great actors. Must see.

Don't see it if It's not a funny or entertain play.

79
Absorbing, Intelligent, Original, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if A unique story about what it means to assume your "gender role." A fascinating play that will surprise & engage your mind, and move you too.

Don't see it if You are looking for something tame and family friendly. Adult themes.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if You want to see a truly remarkable leading performance by Bobby Steggert and an incredibly strong supporting cast.

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with issues surrounding sex and gender.


March 10th, 2016
"The open-faced Mr. Steggert once again brings disquieting shadows to his naturally sunny presence. 'Boy' could use more of such shading...Given the difficulty of relating a multilayered tale that encompasses many years, Ms. Ziegler’s script—and Linsay Firman’s direction—are admirably comprehensi...
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March 10th, 2016
"Ziegler takes a delicate, restrained approach to her provocative subject matter. Running a mere 90 minutes, the play seems reluctant to delve too deeply into the myriad complexities of its main character's plight...The nature vs. nurture debate is a fascinating one...But 'Boy' fails to wrestle w...
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March 10th, 2016
"'Boy' is the kind of play that unexpectedly grows on you. An indisputably fascinating subject certainly helps with that...With uncommon empathy and startling insight, 'Boy' gets to the heart of the conflict between medicine and science, in which the trial-and-error methods of the latter don't ne...
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March 15th, 2016
"'Boy' is filled with touching and powerful moments…For all its fascinating aspects, however, 'Boy,' on its glide path to a happy-ish ending, hedges its bets in a number of ways…Under Linsay Firman's sensitive direction, a strong cast does get at some of the deeper emotions only hinted at in the ...
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