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Theater & art

STAGE REVIEW

A powerful ‘Kite Runner’ at New Repertory Theatre

WATERTOWN — As we rose from our seats after the opening-night performance of New Repertory Theatre’s “The Kite Runner,’’ my companion exhaled three words: “What a journey.’’

Indeed. Directed by Elaine Vaan Hogue from Matthew Spangler’s adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel, the New Rep’s “Kite Runner’’ is a compassionate, deeply moving, event-packed journey across eras, cultures, national boundaries, and the emotional terrain of tumultuous lives. The fact that the trip also includes a detour into melodrama and hard-to-swallow coincidence doesn’t diminish its overall power.

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