The Kite Runner (Broadway)
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The Kite Runner (Broadway)
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The Kite Runner (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(326 Reviews)
Positive
91%
Mixed
7%
Negative
2%
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Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant

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

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Member Reviews (326)

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877 Reviews | 906 Followers
67
Long, Barebones production, Uneven, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if There's a good story that they take from the book. Mostly Ok acting. Main actor has some severe blunders.

Don't see it if But, for Broadway, the production was definitely cheap. It's overly narrated and should have been edited to 1:45. The movie is way better. Read more

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
65
Cheap production, Overly long, Overrated

See it if You were a fan of the book or have never read it. It's mostly entertaining.

Don't see it if The story is good however much of it is told in narration (which is the cheap&easy way to adapt a book). Lead is very unlikable.

694 Reviews | 152 Followers
83
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you loved the book, are a fan of epic stories across miles and years, want to learn a bit about Afghanistan, enjoy family stories

Don't see it if Thinking about Afghanistan is a trigger, you don't enjoy linear narratives with the action more described than seen, many digressions

663 Reviews | 101 Followers
95
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like a superbly acted drama with a very relevant story. You will be moved to tears by the well written play. The staging is simple.

Don't see it if you like comedy or simple plots. This story will tear you heart out and make you think how many people suffer in other parts of the world. Read more

615 Reviews | 126 Followers
91
Slow, Sad, Intense, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if About friendship, betrayal, country in war, and founding peace.

Don't see it if Parts are very sad, that I cried a few times. If you want happiness thru a whole story.

605 Reviews | 226 Followers
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Long, Average, Resonant, Heavy, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy dramatic sagas that involve immigration, religion, and redemption.

Don't see it if You dislike narration-heavy shows — more talking than action. This felt like a decent regional show that isn’t good enough for Broadway.

482 Reviews | 717 Followers
85
Great acting, Emotional, Absorbing, Great writing, Great staging

See it if themes of friendship, guilt, and self forgiveness appeal to you—or if you could use a cathartic cry.

Don't see it if a scene of implied rape may be triggering for you.

513 Reviews | 129 Followers
84
War is a beast, Great acting, Ambitious, Disturbing, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in a story that is tender yet painful and bold. Beautifully written and acted. Our protagonist finds redemption.

Don't see it if You are not interested in the ravages of war and how it changes the life of a country and its people.

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 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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Variety
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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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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Deadline
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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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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Theatermania
July 21st, 2022

"Matthew Spangler's script is just so clumsy, and Giles Croft's production is just so bland, that I couldn't help but wonder why this is the theatricalized version of the material that a group of more than two-dozen producers chose to take to Broadway."
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