Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Broadway's The Kite Runner? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Broadway's The Kite Runner?

The stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's novel stars The Blacklist's Amir Arison.

Amir Arison and Eris Sirakian in The Kite Runner Joan Marcus

The stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, adapted for the stage by Matthew Spangler, has made its long-awaited Broadway debut after runs at San Jose Repertory Theatre and in London's West End, opening at The Hayes Theater July 21—and the reviews are in!

Leading the cast is Amir Arison (The Blacklist) as Amir and Faran Tahir (Othello) as Baba.

READ: Amir Arison Soars Onto Broadway in The Kite Runner

The story follows Amir from a young boy living in Kabul, Afghanistan, who finds ways of escaping the terrible events unfolding around him through to adulthood as he searches for atonement in an exploration of father-son relationships and friendships.

Read the reviews here.

Chicago Tribune (Chris Jones)

Cititour NY (Brian Scott Lipton)

The Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)

Deadline (Greg Evans)

Did They Like It? (Ran Xia)

New York Daily News (Chris Jones)

New York Post (Johnny Oleksinski)

New York Sun (Elysa Gardner)

The New York Times (Maya Phillips)

Observer (David Cote)

Queerty (Matthew Wexler)

Theatrely (Juan A. Ramirez)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

Vulture (Naveen Kumar)

Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

The cast continues with Danish Farooqui (The Blacklist) as Wali/Doctor, Azita Ghanizada (United States of AL) as Soraya, Joe Joseph (The Band's Visit) as Merchant/Russian Soldier, Dariush Kashani (The Band's Visit) as Rahim Khan, Beejan Land (Rock the Kabash) as Kamal/Zaman, Amir Malaklou (Viper Club) as Assef, Eric Sirakian (The Jungle) as Hassan/Sohrab, Houshang Touzie (The Tibetan Book of the Dead) as General Taheri, and Evan Zes (The King Stag) as Ali/Farid.

Rounding out the company are Christine Mirzayan in the ensemble and Salar Nader playing the tabla, a percussion instrument. Understudies include Demosthenes Chrysan for Baba, Taheri, and Ali, Joe Joseph for Assef, Kamal/Zaman, and Wali/Doctor, Dea Julien for Hassan/Sohrab, Christine Mirzayan for Soraya, Haris Pervaiz for General, and Alex Purcell for Amir.

Giles Croft directs, having previously directed the production in the U.K., and is joined on the creative team by scenic and costume designer Barney George, lighting designer Charles Balfour, sound designer Drew Baumohl, projection designer William Simpson, composer and musical supervisor Jonathan Girling, movement director Kitty Winter, casting director Laura Stanczyk, cultural advisor and script consultant Humaira Ghilzai, and associate director Damian Sandys.

The work is produced by Victoria Lang, Ryan Bogner, and Tracey McFarland of Broadway & Beyond Theatricals; and Jayne Baron Sherman, in association with UK Productions Ltd. and Flying Entertainment Ltd/Kilimanjaro Group Ltd. Daryl Roth serves as executive producer.

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