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Behind the Beautiful Forevers.

Annawadi, the vast slum concealed behind Mumbai Intl. Airport, was author Katherine Boo's home for three years. It's doubtful she'd recognize the place in its onstage incarnation. The crowded, makeshift, lawless swamp Boo captured in her nonfiction novel "Behind the Beautiful Forevers" looks positively idyllic in Rufus Norris' staging: sun-soaked, colorful and even, on occasion, bedecked with fairy lights. David Hare has turned Boo's intricate reportage into a polished, plot-driven epic that's never anything less--or more--than watchable. But surely poverty this extreme, lives this precarious, should never be this palatable.

WRITER: David Hare

CAST: Hiran Abeysekera, Esh Alladi, Nathalie Armin, Paul Aron, Tia-Lana Chinapyel, Vincent Ebrahim, Mariam Haque, Sartaj Garewal, Thusitha Jayasundera, Muzz Khan, Ranjit Krishnamma

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Title Annotation:Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Author:Trueman, Matt
Article Type:Book review
Date:Nov 25, 2014
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