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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

During previews
96
Heartbreaking,, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you enjoy smart plays about a real-life incident about gender. Beautifully written, designed, and acted.

Don't see it if you like dazzle dazzle as part of your theatergoing experience. This play is very moving and heartbreaking.

During previews
45
Ambitious, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Clunky

See it if are a Bobby Steggert fan.

Don't see it if expect to learn anything substantial about gender identity.

During previews
68
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
85
Absorbing, Original, Profound, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you like anything with Bobby Steggert in it ;-) if you like a relevant, raw, modern, difficult subject matter played out on stage.

Don't see it if you are not comfortable with gender, gender identify; you don't like real life problems portrayed on stage.

During previews
79
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if you are in the mood for a thought provoking show with a clever concept. it is fodder for a good post show discussion

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable talking about gender roles. it is not a light hearted whimsical theater experience

During previews
73
Intelligent, Slow, Undramatic, Well-acted, Well-staged

See it if you're interested in failed science, gender issues, smart writing, and wonderful performances. The set's as smart as every other element.

Don't see it if a true life story & resonant issues on sexual identity aren't enough to make a well-made play into a mature & dynamic piece of theater.

During previews
80
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Original, Edgy, Great acting

See it if you would like to understand what one goes through when what sex you will live is being forced by others

Don't see it if you are not open minded.

During previews
95
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Moving, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you're looking for a deeply moving, thought-provoking play with incredible performances and a heartbreakingly beautiful script.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with the subject matter. Actually, if you might be uncomfortable, you SHOULD see it. This is a truly beautiful play.

During previews
85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if If you like well acted drama based on true uncomfortable thought provoking stories.

Don't see it if You are looking for light entertainment

During previews
81
Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Intimate well acted sophisticated non mainstream theatre

Don't see it if You don't like gender bending themes and want a thought provoking off Broadway theatre experience

During previews
94
Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting, Intense

See it if you enjoy literate emotional drama with wonderful acting and writing

Don't see it if you are in the mood for a musical or a comedy and are out of kleenex

During previews
90
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You like social themes

Don't see it if You're senseless

During previews
91
Absorbing, Profound, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You like lyrical, profound theater that ever-so-gently breaks your heart.

Don't see it if you are made uncomfortable by stories that examine gender as more than just binary.

During previews
86
Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like plays that intelligently explore difficult issues. The acting is quite good and the show brings a tear to the eye.

Don't see it if you only want to be entertained. While this show quietly keeps you on the edge of your seat, it is not escapism.

During previews
94
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if You enjoy the use of psychology and the difficulties of understanding yourself and gender differences. All based on a true story.

Don't see it if You have issues with gender nonconformity and/or have other issues with emotional moments that will both hurt and make you smile.

During previews
95
Great writing, Great acting, Moving, Gripping, Thoughtful

See it if you like serious drama tackling serious issues with great acting performances that pack a wallop!

Don't see it if you're in the mood for light-hearted vapidity

During previews
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to see a well-written exploration about gender identity, based on a true story.

Don't see it if you aren't prepared for an intense 90 minutes.

During previews
95
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Absorbing story of a badly managed childhood at the hands of a doctor committing the sins of science with dubious motives. A tear jerker!

Don't see it if You should see it!

During previews
85
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you enjoy stories inspired by true events. Thought provoking,sad in reality,yet engaging & personal as seen through those affected.

Don't see it if you are looking for a 'fluffy' easy going 'show' with 'dazzle' and 'pizzazz' !!

During previews
68
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.

During previews
87
Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you love plays that most of the times in life its reality

Don't see it if If your not into a boy that has a virgina

During previews
95
Edgy, Absorbing, Great acting, Original, Must see

See it if you're looking for a well-written original play, or for something with LGBTQ themes.

Don't see it if you're not very open minded or are looking for something more fun & lighthearted.

During previews
76
Clever, Confusing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You're up for some mind-boggling psychology. There's a lot of symbolism in the show and you really have to keep your eyes and mind engaged.

Don't see it if You're not up for some thinking. It's confusing, since it deals with the human mind.

During previews
98
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you like well-acted thought-provoking plays. a must-see.

Don't see it if you're in the mood for something meta.

During previews
99
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if You want intelligent timely themes. Gritty but delightful entertainment.

Don't see it if You like fluff.


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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