Already closed | 2h 20m | Midtown W

The Boy Who Danced On Air

From 59 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Great singing, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense

About the show

Abingdon Theatre Company presents this new musical, a modern-day love story set in rural Afghanistan. More…

Paiman and Feda have spent their young lives as performers in the world of bacha bazi, where wealthy men take in boys from poor families, train them to dance at parties, and often abuse them. The two boys’ chance meeting changes the course of their lives and sets them on a journey to find their independence in this musical fable about love, tradition, morality, and the strength of the human spirit.

2h 20m | Already closed | June Havoc Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (59)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Great singing, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense

During previews
9
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You want to support actors (some of who are making their off-Broadway debuts) who try their best.

Don't see it if You prefer a tight coherent storyline as this rambles on & on.. Very lengthy & boring. Very sparse set.

During previews
39
Slow, Boring, Weak, Too dramatic, Amateurish

See it if you have nothing to do with 2.5 of your time. The cast tried but this production is weak overall.

Don't see it if you value your time. It was painful to watch the performers struggle. The outcome was: the effort doesn't always count.

During previews
25
Banal, Cliched, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You want to throw money away

Don't see it if You are looking for good theater

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May 25th, 2017
"The ick factor here is dangerously high, a problem that the production labors hard to mitigate through aesthetics...It would be enough of an achievement to make this story palatable...But Mr. Rosser and Mr. Sohne were even more ambitious: They have two more stories to tell...Still, the music rew...
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May 25th, 2017
"An unusual, profoundly affecting chamber musical...Creators Tim Rosser and Charlie Sohne amp up the drama in the second act, and push it further still in a coda. Their musical, optimally staged by Tony Speciale, taps into a universal source of pain and confusion: that phase of youthful innocence...
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May 25th, 2017
"A challenging, courageous, and beautiful new musical...Rosser and Sohne employ a comfortingly familiar songwriting style to push thrillingly fresh ideas...Sohne's book efficiently places this human tragedy in the context of its society...Director Tony Speciale realizes Rosser and Sohne's vision ...
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May 31st, 2017
"An impressive feat of imagination, delving with remarkable sensitivity into a culture that might seem bizarre, even repugnant, to American audiences...Rosser and Sohne lay out the situation with clarity and without melodrama...The big issue in Speciale's production has to do with the casting of ...
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