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.
See it if You love great performances, great acting, direction and choreography and the intimacy and power of off-broadway theater.
Don't see it if You can't get past the subject matter.
See it if you like a show with strong production values that also tackles issues of personal and cultural identity.
Don't see it if you're easily disturbed by the premise of fathers selling their sons to be raised as dancing boys that are used for companionship.
See it if You want to know how male children are sexually exploited in the Middle East And how it is excused as a tradition.
Don't see it if I think everyone should see it
See it if you're interested in exciting contemporary musical theater and stories that challenge you.
Don't see it if you're the kind of person who can't accept that musicals can deal with challenging subject matter beautifully.
See it if You want to witness one of the greatest musical love stories! Almost flawless on the first night of previews. Oozing with talent.
Don't see it if Your mind is closed or you have a glass naval.
See it if you are interested in a unique story framed in a musical with surprisingly lavish numbers on a small stage.
Don't see it if an all male cast with a gay theme distracts you from fine performances.
See it if you want to see a heartbreaking story and are interested in other cultures. It feels like it isn't quite ready yet but has potential.
Don't see it if you don't want to see depictions of abusive relationships.
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.
See it if you want to experience a thrilling love story that takes on difficult subject matter with nimble ease and a soaring musical score.
Don't see it if you enjoy fluffy escapist musicals. While touching and joyous, this musical packs some bite.
See it if You are interested in shows that portray other cultures whether it's the positive or negative aspects of those other cultures
Don't see it if You Don't like seeing shows that portray pedophilia. You want to see a lighthearted show You want to see something more mainstream
See it if you enjoy a sophisticated and deeply enjoyable take on a difficult complex subject. Filled with strong and well founded emotion. Daring.
Don't see it if other cultures don't interest you. But really see it and have your mind opened.
See it if you might like a serious musical, set in a contemporary context in Afghanistan, and dealing with the tradition of 'kept dancing boys'.
Don't see it if adult male 'ownership' of young boys for erotic purposes will disturb you too much.
See it if You saw the Frontline piece and want to see it in a dramatic presentation.
Don't see it if I can't think of a reason why you would want to see it--there is so much better theater out there. We left at intermission.
See it if You like great songwriting and want to see a genuinely original new musical. Feels like a small gem people discover later via cast album.
Don't see it if You're squeamish about the subject matter, which includes physical and sexual abuse.