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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)


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

Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound

See it if You want a unique storyline

Don't see it if You want a flashy show

Absorbing, Original, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you're interested in the dramatic potential of gender identity and biology. This was a deeply human exploration of how we know who we are.

Don't see it if The subject is guaranteed to make some men squirm since it can be threatening. But it's also reaffirming. If you have hard views its not 4 u

Absorbing, Intense, Riveting

See it if You enjoy realism, intense and amazing acting and a quick journey through someone else's turmoil.

Don't see it if You have issues with LGBT.

Absorbing, Edgy, Great writing, Must see, Relevant

See it if you are into theater that opens your eyes and challenges your perceptions about the kind of world that we live in.

Don't see it if you want to stay forever safe in your own little cocoon, protected from the outside world but also dangerously out of touch with it.

Thought-provoking, Great staging, Original, Wordy, Challenging

See it if You want to see an engaging, truthful actor bring to life one of the most complex characters off-Broadway right now.

Don't see it if You're not in the mood for thought-provoking theatre.

Intelligent, Relevant, Profound, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you're up for 90min of thought-provoking dramatic irony

Don't see it if you're offended by mature language

Absorbing, Great acting, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you love great theater, beautiful writing, brilliant acting, awesome directing and excellent design.

Don't see it if like fluff.

Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Original, Ambitious

See it if You are open to the discussion of nurture vs. nature.

Don't see it if You are close minded to honest discussion about gender assignment.

Delightful, Great writing, Masterful, Must see, Intelligent

See it if You like deep play

Don't see it if Like funny musicals

Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Edgy, Excruciating

See it if I don't think this show is worth seeing by anyone, not even for Bobby Steggart's cute face.

Don't see it if You give a shit about gender politics, particularly transgender politics.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if You like to laugh

Don't see it if No comments

Absorbing, Great acting, Exquisite, Ambitious, Must see

See it if You have a heart in your body. Can appreciate subtle gut wrenching, exquisite acting.

Don't see it if You are closed down emotionally and wish to keep it that way.

Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you like watching inspired by a true story plays.

Don't see it if you don't like drama

Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate amazing acting.

Don't see it if You dislike sexual subjects

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if your looking for a well written story that defines the journey of being transgender.

Don't see it if once again closed minded.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You like unusual story based on fact but rather than sensationalize it endows the characters with more humanity than the real ones deserve.

Don't see it if Issues of gender identity are either of no interest or offensive.

Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Must see

See it if You're a fan of captivating true stories.

Don't see it if I have no reason not to see it!

Thought-provoking, Original, Relevant, Great acting, Touching

See it if you want to see something VERY relevant!

Don't see it if you don't want to think.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You or anyone you love is struggling with gender identity, or who has a child similarly affected; or if you care about historical mistakes!

Don't see it if You want light entertainment, not an absorbing story of one young man's mistreatment by a driven sexologist who's too sure of his theory

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if you want a riveting experience

Don't see it if see it

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if The show was exquisitely written and explores identity, love, self-awareness and strength of character. Poster misrepresents the show.

Don't see it if I recommend that you see it.

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Moving, Well acted, Thought-provoking

See it if you like well-crafted theater. This piece, with its fascinating premise, is well written, acted, and staged. It held my attention throughout

Don't see it if you're looking for a light evening. BOY has gravitas, but also plenty of witty dialogue. Nature trumps nurture. Debate settled. Tears shed.

During previews
Resonant, Great acting, Intimate, Engaging, Sweet

See it if you've ever felt "other."

Don't see it if you don't like slow-paced intimate dramas.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if you're a Bobby Steggert fan, sympathize with transgendered folk, see how science can hurt as well as help, like to get angry at know it alls

Don't see it if you are not ready to sympathize with transgendered folk, believe that doctors and science can do no wrong, impatient with intelligent jerks

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense

See it if A heart-wrenching drama, leaves you no time to disengage. A powerful statement of the true consequences of the nurture/nature question.

Don't see it if You are wanting to be entertained and leave the theatre smiling you won't ! You can't handle a heavy drama about gender,nature and nurture.

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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