The Kite Runner (Broadway)
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The Kite Runner (Broadway)

The Kite Runner (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(429 Ratings)
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Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious

The West End play based on Khaled Hosseini's international best-selling novel comes to Broadway.

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77 Reviews | 8 Followers
Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you like a compelling stories where sadness, happiness, despair and redemption meet and shape Afghanistan through the eyes of two friends

Don't see it if I cannot think of a reason not to see a delicate, tragic story shading a light in the hardship some children must face

96 Reviews | 32 Followers
Great acting, Exquisite, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Wonderful performances and staging. I was very moved by the show. Loved the book and loved this production!

Don't see it if You are not a fan of wonderful plays with a middle east theme. I can't think of any other reason not to go. It is really wonderful!

73 Reviews | 16 Followers
Relevant, Intense, Must see, Absorbing

See it if you like deeply emotional theater. It's a great show for both those with an immigrant story of their own and those without.

Don't see it if you're looking for a fluffy theater

135 Reviews | 18 Followers
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Profound, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see a beautiful, thoughtful, and very well done adaptation of the novel. Commanding, heart breaking performance from Amir Arison

Don't see it if you are looking for an easy and lighthearted show

68 Reviews | 8 Followers
Beautifully acted, Moving, Thrilling, Dramatic, Absorbing

See it if This is a gorgeous adaptation of the novel, and the final moments of the play are simply breathtaking. Stunning work from the company.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you can't handle emotionally heavy material and want something fluffy - this isn't that.

55 Reviews | 23 Followers
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like a well written & well acted play. You feel for the characters. You think about morality, redemption & forgiveness. Very compelling.

Don't see it if You may get triggered by implied scenes of shooting and rape. Or if you like musicals because this is definitely not that.

336 Reviews | 46 Followers
Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if This is probably the best drama I have ever seen on Broadway. A very intense show that has you laughing one moment and crying the next.

Don't see it if You don't like experiencing a roller coaster of emotions

580 Reviews | 88 Followers
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you loved the book or never read it.I was afraid they would turn one of my favorite books into a soap opera, but they honored the story.

Don't see it if you only like light, fluffy musicals.This tells a story and has something to say.It's one of the best plays I've seen in awhile.

Critic Reviews (21)

The New York Times
July 21st, 2022

"Under Giles Croft’s direction, Arison’s Broadway debut proves spotty. He recites his opening lines with the stiffness of a child delivering a book report, and never totally eases into the role."
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New York Theatre Guide
July 21st, 2022

"If only 'The Kite Runner' on Broadway depended less on the novel and trusted more on its stagecraft. There might have been more moments like this, of flight and transcendence."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
July 21st, 2022

" 'The Kite Runner' is more of a vivid recitation than fully realized drama."
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New Yorker
August 8th, 2022

"Turning 'The Kite Runner' into a play must have been a challenging endeavor, but this new Broadway production does well, for the most part, by the source material, even if it can be frustratingly earthbound."
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The Wall Street Journal
July 21st, 2022

"It may seem strange to say, but 'The Kite Runner' may be more engrossing for those who have not read the book or seen the movie, or who no longer remember the dramatic, even melodramatic, narrative. As with many if not most fine books brought to the stage or the screen the theatrical version, despite its accomplishment, is not the aesthetic equal of the book."
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July 21st, 2022

"Despite its heartfelt intentions and some impressive performances, 'The Kite Runner' doesn’t improve in any significant way over 'The Kite Runner' on screen. And it’s a whole lot talkier."
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July 22nd, 2022

"Playwright Matthew Spangler’s adaptation of 'The Kite Runner,' Khaled Hosseini’s bestselling 2005 novel about the friendship of two boys living parallel lives in Afghanistan, is a heartbreaker – but so uplifting, it’s worth the pain."
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New York Post
July 21st, 2022

"As far as literary stage adaptations go — a touch-and-go genre if there ever was one — 'The Kite Runner' is enormously satisfying and soulful."
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