Thursday, April 11, 2024

Review Highlights: THE KITE RUNNER - National Tour/ASU Gammage

highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through April 14

"In 2009, San Jose Repertory Theatre and Arizona Theatre Company were the first two theatre companies to present the stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's bestselling 2003 novel The Kite Runner... It's fitting that the first two stops on the current national tour were in the first two cities to present the original production 15 years ago. The national tour features powerful performances and poignant storytelling of this timeless tale of friendship. Set against the backdrop of Afghanistan's tumultuous history, the play follows the journey of Amir, a privileged Pashtun boy, and his loyal friend Hassan, the son of his father's servant. Taking place across a period of over 25 years, Amir narrates the pivotal events in his life and we watch as he navigates his way through friendship, betrayal, and redemption amidst the chaos of war-torn Kabul....One of the story's most striking aspects, and perhaps why Hosseini's novel was on the New York Times bestseller list for over two years, is its exploration of timeless themes such as friendship, loyalty, and forgiveness in the face of adversity. ... the themes and characters transcend cultural and geographical boundaries....Ramzi Khalaf is exceptional as Amir. ...and his chemistry with Shahzeb Zahid Hussain, who brings warmth and humanity to the role of Hassan, is profound. ...With its compelling storytelling, emotionally poignant performances, and rich cultural elements, the national tour production serves as a powerful testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of forgiveness."  - Gil Benbrook, (click here to read the complete review)

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