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From 78 member  reviews
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)


Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing

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.

During previews
Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you're interested in a study of gender roles with no easy answers. None of the characters is happy with their life-everyone is equally lost.

Don't see it if you want a lighthearted evening or a feel good ending. The play raises many questions but answers few. The set was cool, though - look up.

During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if You are in to gender and sexuality subjects.

Don't see it if Don't like dramas.

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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