Boy NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(78 Reviews)
Positive
94%
Mixed
4%
Negative
2%
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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.

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Member Reviews (78)

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876 Reviews | 906 Followers
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.

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
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.

952 Reviews | 387 Followers
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.

618 Reviews | 274 Followers
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

482 Reviews | 717 Followers
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.

471 Reviews | 74 Followers
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

315 Reviews | 154 Followers
92
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. Read more

247 Reviews | 107 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (23)

The New York Times
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 comprehensible. But it often feels like the work of a scrupulous schoolteacher, eager to introduce a potentially off-putting but important topic to uninformed students without frightening them."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 with the issue successfully, too often content to tell rather than show...Still, the play is moving in spots, thanks to the inherent pathos of the situation and Steggert's deeply felt performance."
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Theatermania
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 necessarily coincide with the Hippocratic mandate of the former."
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Lighting & Sound America
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 script…'Boy' certainly gives one plenty to think about, but in dealing with the most profound and displacing emotions that one can feel it ends up being surprisingly placid."
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Talkin' Broadway
March 10th, 2016

"Already a chief contender for the most insightful, gut-wrenching, and beautiful play of 2016...Even through Ziegler leaps frantically about in time, she keeps the thread of narrative so steady that you can't lose it - you can only lose yourself in the tapestry of heartbreak that's woven as a result...Every member of the cast is sumptuously honest in their portrayals...Expect it to be a long while before there's another play more rewarding, more moving, and more magical than 'Boy.'"
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TheaterScene.net
March 15th, 2016

"A fascinating and poignant play... Ziegler brilliantly dramatizes this profound situation in a series of crisp scenes inhabited by fully rendered characters...Linsay Firman’s arresting direction is an exemplary unison of physical staging and perfect performances. Ms. Firman ably presents the material with striking visual results and emotional resonance...That such difficult material has been put on the stage so successfully is a testament to the accomplished talents involved.'"
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Theater Pizzazz
March 11th, 2016

"'Boy' is an important play calling into focus research that suggested that core gender identity becomes fully formed by age 3...The play is directed by Linsay Firman, who diligently moves the quick scenes forward and back..But 90 minutes doesn’t leave much time to delve deeper. So, at times, the feeling is that of an academic lesson in gender identity. But 90 minutes is worth your time to see Steggert’s fine performance as he ebbs and flows between his characters."
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CurtainUp
March 10th, 2016

"It's a fascinating story and smartly structured...'Boy' would risk descending into the weepy Lifetime TV genre without Bobby Steggert's richly nuanced performance...Linsay Firman steers the rest of the cast to do their best with their roles. It's perhaps unfair to fault her or Paul Niebanck for failing to make Doctor Barnes come off less creepy and manipulative. "
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