Beautiful Boy

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In adoption terminology, a “searcher” is an individual on a quest to locate and possibly connect with birth parents. Often times, it’s for personal health reasons or to locate possible siblings; other times, the searcher seeks to find their biological parents in an attempt to resolve more spiritual or existential concerns. In any case, these adoptive adults sometimes find what they’re looking for, and in the case of Beautiful Boy by playwright Eric Conger, the result is surprising.

This funny, suspenseful play confronts the turmoil of grown children in a closed system, one designed to protect the rights of the parents in spite of their children’s desire to explore their origins. The drama centers around Bill, a 50-year-old adoptee who feels compelled to locate his biological family after he loses his job and his adoptive parents. His search takes him from Missouri to Connecticut, and what he finds disappoints him, though he’s not at all surprised. In an attempt to find his folks, Bill ends up discovering himself.

Conger’s work is no stranger to the Philadelphia stage. His first full-length work, The Eclectic Society, premiered on Walnut Street Theatre’s mainstage in January 2010. The delicate nature of his Beautiful Boy requires a more intimate setting, and fortunately, the Walnut’s Independent Studio on 3 is the perfect space for this tale of love, determination and faith. / KENNEDY ALLEN

Through March 9. $30. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. 215.547.3550. walnutstreettheatre.org

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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