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not what i expected, but i remembered the media coverage of the boy raised a girl, turned boy again. despite our circumstances, "who we really are" had a way of showing up, for bad or good
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I am writing this the day after Danica Roem, a transgender woman, beat 13-term Virginia legislator and self-described "chief homophobe" Bob Marshall in an election that made history. Things are changing and love is love.
"Boy" is not about a transgender person, but about a child who is forced to deny the body he was born into. This wrenching, beautiful play, based on a true story, set in the 1960s through the early 80s, focuses on Samantha/Adam, a child (and twin!) born genetically male but raised as a girl because of a surgical accident to his penis, his family's anxieties, and, tragically, the confident and terribly wrong theories of a well-meaning doctor too in love with the child he wants to create to see the child before him. The play whips back and forth through time, and unlike a lot of plays turned audio experiences, those transitions are very clear.
This is in no small part due to the clear, pulsing writing and extraordinary performance of Bobby Steggert, who plays the "Boy" of the title both as a girl child who doesn't understand why she feels so bad and as a man who admits to being "eight" when he is 23 because of the years he lost.
And that's all I'm going to say. I had to turn this off a couple of times, I felt so overwhelmed with sorrow at what Adam had to go through, and awe that he got through it. I am glad I got to meet him.