Boy OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    March 10, 2016
    Closing:
    April 9, 2016

    Theater: Clurman Theatre / 410 West 42nd Street, New York, New York, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    Inspired by a true story, Anna Ziegler's "Boy" explores the tricky terrain of finding 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. Two decades later, the repercussions of that choice continue to unfold. A story of the blinding power of love and the complicated mystery of one’s perception of self, Boy is a moving play that calls into question how we become who we are.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Boy

    In ‘Boy,’ a Man Deals With Gender Cards He’s Given (Not Born With)

    Ben Brantley

    March 10, 2016: Bobby Steggert is a good little girl. Let me clarify: In the title role of “Boy,” the diligent new play by Anna Ziegler that opened on Thursday night at the Clurman Theater at Theater Row, Mr. Steggert is very good at portraying a little girl who wants to be good but is thwarted by the discomfort that comes from being born a boy, a fact of which she (he) is unaware. Hmm. That’s a confusing clarification, isn’t it? But just imagine how confused you’d be if you were Samantha (born Samuel, later known as Adam). Her bewilderment is affectingly and persuasively embodied by Mr. Steggert, a gifted actor in his 30s who assumes the aspect of a child in a dress without any assistance from a feminine costume, a wig or even a toddler’s lisp. What he does convey is the heartbreaking unease of someone who has been denied the chance to inhabit the body he was born with. Best known for his sensitive performances in musicals (“Ragtime,” “Yank!”), the open-faced Mr. Steggert once again brings disquieting shadows to his naturally sunny presence.

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