The three principals are all famous historical theatre figures: William Shakespeare, Sarah Bernhardt and Constantine Stanislavsky. Why these three is not entirely clear, especially because by Act 2 they’re all playing multiple characters at breakneck speed….

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While not apologizing for sexual exploitation, the musical does attempt to examine the relationship between Paiman (Troy Iwata) and Jahandar (Jonathan Raviv), the man who bought him and taught him to dance. It’s admirable that the writers have not tried to oversimplify the story, but, like almost all world premieres, there is still work to be done…

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