Forgotten Empress, Lahore and Karchi, Pakistan

Dance: Regan Rememberances in Dawn:


WBUR, Boston
“Spellbinding . . . The narrative is jocular and dramatic, scintillating and vernacular by turns.” Read more >>

Boston Globe
“Captivating . . . An auspicious return for the Poets’ Theatre.” Read more >>

The Arts Fuse, Boston
“A strikingly dramatic text . . . exhilarating language . . . impressive and dazzling.” Read more >>

Broadway World

“A riveting theatre piece you will long remember.” Read more >>

Let’s Talk Off Broadway

“This play is written with a passionate, raw, vernacular poetry of its own that makes the telling of the story near-to-overwhelming.”  Read more >>

Arizona Republic Phoenix

“Albatross gives classic poem a gritty edge” 

British Theatre Guide

“A stirring piece of theatre . . . as deep, rich, and striking as the sea herself.”  Read more >>

Fringe Guru, Edinburgh

“A visually enthralling saga.” 

Other reviews:

Tortilla Curtain

Tortilla Curtain at San Diego Rep

San Diego Union Tribune
“A compact, compelling and ultimately compassionate 90 minutes of live (and lively) theater.” Read more >>

San Diego Gay and Lesbian Times
“Spangler has achieved a remarkable feat in distilling this complex story into a 90-minute play. These are characters to care about.” Read more >>

Stage and Cinema
“A thought-provoking play about contrasts and perspectives, fascinating and brilliantly executed by San Diego Rep.” Read more >>

“A whirlwind tour through the hairpin curves of Los Angeles’ Topanga Canyon.” Read more >>

Poway News Chieftain
“A visually impacting and thought-provoking play on immigration and preconceived notions of those not like oneself.”  Read more >>

Charlene Baldridge, San Diego Theatre Critic
“All four characters … are captured across the full range of their humanity and their intense frailty.”  Read more >>

Monterey Herald
“The only bad thing about The Western Stage’s production of “Tortilla Curtain” is that you’re probably not going to be able to find tickets. The word is out about this powerful piece of theater, and with just two weekends remaining, you’ll need to act fast to scoop up any remaining seats or get on a stand-by list. The effort will be worth it.” Read more >>

Salinas Californian
“Salinas theater goers have been getting a remarkable experience watching Matthew Spangler’s adaptation of T. C. Boyle’s novel “Tortilla Curtain.”” Read more >>

Performing Arts Monterey Bay
“OLD TIME WARNER BROTHERS gangster movies sometimes advertised themselves as “Torn from Today’s Headlines.” Tortilla Curtain, which opened a four-weekend run at The Western Stage last Saturday, could claim to be torn from the political rhetoric of a 2016 presidential election.” Read more >>

The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner - San Jose Rep5 San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards including Best Original Script and Best Overall Production

Mary MacMurtrie Award for Best Drama, Arizona Daily Star

Best Theatre Production, Tucson Weekly

Best Theatre Production, Liverpool Post Arts Awards

★★★★  The Kite Runner is “beautifully performed – I left with tears in my eyes” says Dominic Maxwell in The Times


“The best page-to-stage show since War Horse. . . . Matthew Spangler’s adaptation held the crowd spellbound. . . . Heartbreakingly good stage version of a popular story earns its place in the West End.”  


The Stage Magazine (the leading theatre magazine in the UK)

“Spangler skillfully balances the scenes in Asia with those of the Afghan refugees seeking to maintain their dignity and culture in the West. . . . It cannot but remind us of the thousands of vulnerable children in Syria today.” 


Sunday Express

“An enthralling tale, beautifully told.”  Theatre pick of the week.

The Telegraph

The Kite Runner soars.”


The Independent

 ★★★★ “A near universal standing ovation, as a people-pleasing tear jerker The Kite Runner delivers”

Live Theatre UK


★★★★★ “Wonderfully powerful, Giles Croft’s heartfelt production of Khaled Hosseini’s best selling novel makes a welcome return to the West End.”

Love London Culture

★★★★★ 5 STARS! “Enthralling, emotionally-charged and unmissable storytelling at its singular best” 

UK Reviews


“The first ‘must see’ of 2017!” 


Spy in the Stalls

The Telegraph (London)
“A hit that deserves to travel the country.” Read more >>

Daily Mail (London)
“Play adaptation is worthy of Hosseini’s bestseller . . . luminous and touching.” Read more >>

The Stage (London)
“Magical moments that still the house.” 

Financial Times (London)
“Beautifully performed . . . Ben Turner’s intense mix of anguish and self-loathing as Amir is both moving and painful, while Farshid Rokey is simply excellent as Hassan.” Read more >>

British Theatre Guide
“A phenomenally powerful piece of theatre.” 

Sussex Express
“This is honestly the best play I have ever seen at the Theatre Royal and the best thing I have seen throughout the Brighton Festival. It was fascinating, intricate; with plenty of plot twists to surprise you, and made for compelling viewing. If you go and see one play this year, make it this one.” Read more >>

The Brighton Magazine
“The rousing standing ovation was richly deserved.”

The Latest (U.K.)
“Spangler’s brilliant adaptation makes for one of the most intensely moving theatrical experiences I have experienced.” Read more >>

Brighton Fringe Review
“It is not often I give a standing ovation during a night at the theatre and it is even more infrequent that I am moved to tears by a live performance. Yet, at The Kite Runner last night I found myself doing both things simultaneously, along with the majority of the audience in the Theatre Royal.” Read more >>

Liverpool Echo
“Utterly gripping.”

Liverpool Daily Post
“Wonderfully told.”

Liverpool Live
“It is with no surprise the production received a lengthy standing ovation.” Read more >>

Click Liverpool
“This production wrings every drop of emotion from the audience and was rewarded with a well-deserved standing ovation.” Read more >>

BBC Radio Merseyside
“It’s absolutely brilliant.  Go see it!”

Liverpool Confidential
“A powerful tour-de-force.”

What’s On Stage (Liverpool)
“Intensely, relentlessly gripping.”

Left Lion (Nottingham)
“A great production of a great adaptation of a great novel, and it’s probably one of the best plays you are going to see performed in the city this year, so whether or not you’ve read the book, you really shouldn’t miss it.” Read more >>

Nottingham Post
“A hugely effective theatrical experience.”

Exeunt Magazine (U.K.)
“Beautifully paced . . . Spangler’s scenes seem to fly by.” Read more >>

Reviews Gate (U.K.)
“Matthew Spangler has managed in his adaptation a synthesis which transfers beautifully to the stage.” Read more >>

Behind the Arras (U.K.)
“A wise adaptation flying high.”

Boston Globe
“A compassionate, deeply moving, event-packed journey across eras, cultures, national boundaries, and the emotional terrain of tumultuous lives.” Read more >>

South Shore Critic (Boston)
“Once in a great while, there comes a moment in a darkened theater when one suddenly becomes aware of the thunderous silence that occurs as an audience holds its collective breath. It’s then that we remember just how uniquely exciting and involving live theater can be.” Read more >>

Calgary Herald
The Kite Runner is exhilarating drama.”

Edge New England
“A gripping and fully realized theatrical experience that brings its source material to life.  Boston audiences are bound to love this play.” Read more >>

WGBH Boston
“Absolutely beautiful.”  Hear Jared Bowen’s review on 89.7’s “Arts Ahead”

“A great, theatrical story filled with humanity and surprising hope for the future . . . The Kite Runner is the pinnacle of storytelling. ” Read more >>

Theatre Mirror, New England’s Live Theatre Guide
“Spangler’s beautifully crafted adaptation has retained Hosseini’s lyrical language, vivid imagery, and places the story’s integrity on stage. A must-see play.”  Read more >>
“Graceful and heartfelt.”

Arizona Daily Star
“Packed with emotion, integrity and, most of all, enormous heart.”

KBAQ Phoenix
The Kite Runner is both the most moving theater I’ve ever seen and a fascinating look into a society we know little about. . . . I was fighting tears throughout this powerful and touching story’s entire second act.”

Phoenix Arts Examiner
“Go see The Kite Runner . . . powerful, moving, amazing . . . magical . . .”

San Jose Mercury News
“An exquisitely chiseled adaptation . . . epic production . . . The Kite Runner flies straight and true . . .”

San Francisco Chronicle
“It’s hard to imagine that fans of The Kite Runner will be disappointed in the play.”

“This Kite Runner impresses . . .”

KJZZ Phoenix
“A high-flying version of Khaled Hosseini’s novel . . . a fast-paced visual epic . . . finally the adaptation it deserves.”

Tucson Stage
“If you loved the book you will love the play.”

Tucson Weekly
The Kite Runner flies as high as theatre can go . . . heartfelt and stunning . . .”

Hollister Free Lance
“If you are a theatre lover, this is one production that should not be missed . . . an amazing work of art . . .”

Arizona Republic
“Faithfully renders the heartbreaking lyricism of the book.”

KEZ Phoenix
“Immediately engrossing.”

Arizona Daily Star
“A tight, true script . . .”

Stark Silvercreek
“5 out of 5 stars”

TheatreWorld Internet Magazine
“There are pages one could write about why you must see this stunning play.”

Cincinnati City Beat
“Captures the power of Hosseini’s novel.”

Leo Weekly (Louisville)
“A genuine theatre of the mind . . . heroic.”

Louisville Courier Journal
“A gripping story of loyalty and betrayal set against the turbulent backdrop of nearly 30 years of Afghan history.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer
“An epic . . . teary-eyed and yet joyful.”

Cool Cleveland
“Theatre at its finest! Bravo! Superb! Wow!”

Paradise Hills (based on stories by John Cheever)

British Theatre Guide
“Hilarious . . . Makes you want to read Cheever at the earliest opportunity.”

The Metro (Edinburgh)

Independent Weekly (Durham, NC)
“An evening of laughter”

Raleigh News and Observer
“Lively and clever . . . A theatrical ‘Twilight Zone'”

Matthew Spangler: American Playwright, Director & Educator

Matthew Spangler: American Playwright, Director & Educator