The Boy Who Danced On Air OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    May 15, 2017
    Closing:
    June 11, 2017

    Theater: Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex / 312 West 36th Street, New York, NY, 10018

    Synopsis: 

    The Boy Who Danced On Air is a modern-day love story set in rural Afghanistan. Paiman and Feda have spent their young lives as dancers 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.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Boy Who Danced On Air

    The Boy Who Danced On Air

    Jesse Green

    May 25, 2017:

    Given enough intellectual muscle, any outré story can probably be pounded into a musical. For evidence, look no further than “Sweeney Todd,” “Fun Home” and “Hamilton,” three great shows of forbiddingly unlikely origin.

    But the authors of “The Boy Who Danced on Air” have taken the challenge of difficult source material too far. Their troubling new musical, which opened Thursday in an Abingdon Theater Company production, was inspired by “The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan,” a 2010 documentary about, well, pedophilia.

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