Opens Oct 26

M. Butterfly

Members say: Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Slow, Ambitious
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63 reviews

David Henry Hwang's Tony Award-winning play comes back to Broadway in a new production Directed by Tony Award-winner Julie Taymor and starring Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Clive Owen.

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David Henry Hwang’s modern classic, 'M. Butterfly' charts the scandalous romance between a married French diplomat and a mysterious Chinese opera singer – a remarkable love story of international espionage and personal betrayal. Their 20-year relationship pushed and blurred the boundaries between male and female, East and West – while redefining the nature of love and the devastating cost of deceit. For the Tony Award-winning play’s first Broadway return, Hwang will introduce new material inspired by the real-life love affair between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Chinese opera singer Shi Pei Pu that has come to light since the play’s 1988 premiere.

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During previews
Ambitious, Dizzying, Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you never saw the original or the movie. Comparisons have to be made. Shame on Taymor for turning this classic into an over blown mess.

Don't see it if the Lithgow/Wong production is a fond memory of great theater for you. This will disappoint.

During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Meh, Clive owen is terrific

See it if You like Clive Owen bc he’s quite good. You want to see a production of a great American play.

Don't see it if The rest of the cast phones it in. Julie Taymor’s direction is tame. I saw the original w/ Lithgow and Wong; this can’t hold a flame to that

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you want to see Clive (who is great) or want to see a great play done well.

Don't see it if you are confused by non-binary gender roles, or are looking for something funny.

Also It was lacking some polish (I saw a preview) and I didn't feel the con... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You have not seen the original and won't get caught up in comparisons

Don't see it if You are sensitive to onstage nudity or are uncomfortable with moral ambiguity

Also I really enjoyed the performances and was not as distracted by the set... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Talky, disappointing, without romance or the deep-felt longing of the original

See it if you did not see the original with BD Wong and John Lithgow. Any comparison makes this a truly disappointing experience. The pathos is gone

Don't see it if you remember how romantic and heartfelt the original was. or if you a turned off by unnecessary nudity and talk instead of feeling

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you never saw the original production of this classic play, or you're interested in seeing how relevant this well-acted story still is.

Don't see it if Julie Taymor goes all-in, as usual, with her design concepts. In this case an over-active scenic design slightly grates during the first act

During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You want to see innovative staging/directing to showcase a great story and acting.

Don't see it if Don't like to see nudity in stage

Also Great acting by all actors. It is a long play and does feel slow at so... Read more Read less

During previews
A long way from lion king, julie taymor creatively brings to life the iconography of mao's china and the artistic roots of passion

See it if rich themes of self-deception, gender fluidity & Western misapprehension of China/East remain resonant in revival, Clive Owen strong lead

Don't see it if not as effective as original displaying operatic/tragic dimensions of this riff on Puccini; taymor's direction calls attention 2 itself

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Romantic

See it if You’re looking for an interesting, highly original, relevant play that makes you consider political and psychological issues.

Don't see it if You’re expecting a highly original Julie Taymor production. The play is what’s interesting — the production, not so much.

During previews
Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you support Asian American writers and actors; you want powerful insight to sociopolitical issues involving eastern and western culture

Don't see it if you prefer your theater to be fun and/or escapist.

Also David Henry Hwang is a treasure and all his work should be supported. ... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy an expressionist, somewhat Wedekind-style cabaret performance at point with a strong poetic narrative

Don't see it if you like the last production's staging and/or prefer a more extravagant Taymor staging than her expressionist take.

During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing, Slow

See it if Superb acting from the company.. The sets are clunky and distracting. The pace is painfully slow.

Don't see it if The audiences at this theater - the regulars - have ruined every show I’ve seen there. Coughing, candy wrappers, loud, rude. Be prepared.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Entertaining

See it if You are looking to explore themes of gender identity and Asian vs. Western culture. I liked the rewrites from the original production.

Don't see it if You are not looking for a serious exploration of the themes noted above.

Also The acting is superb, I also enjoyed the opera sequences. The set, whi... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Lacks passion, Chemistry?, Less than it should be, Gray = dominant color/mood

See it if like Clive Owen, like Julie Taymor, interest in new additions to play, fascinated by story itself, interest in East/West relations

Don't see it if dislike Julie Taymor direction, expect story to justify itself, want to be intrigued, want to care, aren't interested in unusual love story

During previews
Absorbing, Disappointing, Slow, Entertaining

See it if If you like Clive Owens and the various adaptations of this production, this is your play.

Don't see it if If you like faster moving shows and expected more musical songs like an opera this is not for you.

During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if if you are a Clive Owen fan, a fan of the opera, a fan of Chinese culture, or if you enjoy stories about unusual and surprising relationship

Don't see it if you prefer traditional stories, do not care for Clive Owen, Chinese culture and politics or would be offended by same-sex relationships.

During previews
Funny, Ambitious, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You are in the mood for a modern take on a classic. Something really artsy.

Don't see it if Do not want a slow moving show, dont want to see full frontal nudity

During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Moving

See it if Moving, true, tragic story w/multiple themes: romantic love, our ability to deceive ourselves, Asian vs. Western cultures. Beautifully acted

Don't see it if You would be uncomfortable with nudity or graphic sexual themes. Staging was done entirely with moving, changing panels: spare yet clever.

Also I was very moved by this play; I have never seen the original so canno... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Dated

See it if You're a Clive Owen fan, want to be challenged and/or an engaging story

Don't see it if You want a light hearted experience, with flashy sets or a moving/emotional story

Also Interesting sets but sloppy transitions

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Romantic

See it if You want to see excellent performances by Clive Owen and Jin Ha in an interesting retelling of M Butterfly.

Don't see it if You may find the story dated.

Also I enjoyed the depiction of the Peking Opera and the ballet performance... Read more Read less

During previews
Poignant, Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Understated

See it if you're intrigued by this curious story, want to see Clive Owen on stage (does not disappoint!), quirky set design plus dance & fight scenes

Don't see it if view important—rows poorly inclined—I kept shifting to see around the head in front of me; if nudity unexpected; set & mikes glitchy at time

Also From reviews here, I wasn't expecting to find a relatively seamless pr... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Resonant

See it if You want to see great acting in pursuit of a true story with current resonance

Don't see it if You want fast, funny,

Also The infamous panels behaved for most of the night . Remarkably subtle ... Read more Read less

During previews
Exquisite, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You want an intriguing, complicated relationship depicted on stage. You want great acting mixed w/still-relevant social commentary.

Don't see it if You don't want issues of race, gender & sexuality depicted on stage. Your unfamiliar w/China during the '60s: no explaining here.

Also During this performance, there were timing issues with the set: twice,... Read more Read less

During previews
Boring, Slow, Good acting

See it if you are a Clive Owen fan...

Don't see it if you are looking for a stimulating piece of theater...

During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Slow

See it if .. you know nothing about the plot/movie/opera. That will be educational.

Don't see it if panels issue bother you. I think that was clever, as all piece about imagination and what person could create in own mind if needed/wanted.