Already closed | 2h 0m | Midtown W

M. Butterfly

From 331 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Disappointing

About the show

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. More…

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.

2h 0m | Already closed | Cort Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (331)


Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Disappointing

Disappointing, Slow, Poor staging, Emotionless

See it if you've never seen this highly-acclaimed play, worthy of reviving (but worthy of a better production); you want to see a nice perf by Jin Ha

Don't see it if you've seen the play before. Taymor's passionless direction, rudimentary sets, Hwang's needless rewrites & a colorless Owen mar this revival

Disappointing, This is not you momma's 1988 production by any means

See it if you never had the chance to see the original Broadway production.

Don't see it if you saw the original Broadway production, because you will be disappointed.

Also I saw the original 1988 Broadway production twenty night years ago. I ... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Poorly designed, Terribly directed, Miscast, Clumsy

See it if You want to watch Clive Owen and Jin Ha do their damndest to rise above a mess of a production. Their effort is palpable; their talent real.

Don't see it if You expect beautiful (or even coherent) stage imagery. You're waiting for Taymor to strike gold again. You're fond of the original.

Also One of the ugliest stagings I've ever seen--several boards travel thro... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Cliched

See it if you are curious about the rewrite - but this revival is no where near the great show the original was...

Don't see it if you saw the original. huge disappointment

Hideous, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you absolutely MUST see Julie Taymor's latest work or have never encountered Hwang's text before

Don't see it if you value your time, money, and wish to keep your idols on their ivory pedestals

Also Even when her work is uneven, (I'm looking at you, Spider-Man), Julie ... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if you are wanting to see a star head the cast of a Broadway production

Don't see it if you're expecting superb Broadway theatre

Also Truly one of the most disappointing shows I have seen on Broadway in a... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if You are a fan of Julie Taymor’s Feminist productions.

Don't see it if You were a fan of the original production.

Also What a disappointment. A show that was once a classic of The Great Ame... Read more Read less

Cliched, Slow, Indulgent, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You want to see Clive Owen act on stage.

Don't see it if You have other options.

Disappointing, Overrated, Predictable, Visually interesting, Intense

See it if you're a fan of Clive Owen and you'll see him in anything

Don't see it if you're expecting anything similar to the Opera

Also I saw this show without knowing anything about the plot and without re... Read more Read less

Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You like Clive Owens. Overall acting was good.

Don't see it if want a play that is meaningful, entertaining, thought provoking. This was hard to follow and confusing.

Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if want to see another version of M Butterfly.

Don't see it if you expect an interesting evenin.g

Disappointing, Dated, Banal

See it if If you want to hear this great play

Don't see it if You were hoping for solid acting and an exciting design

During previews
Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you want to look at Clive Owen and a bunch of moving screens that constantly sway.

Don't see it if you need your narrative and direction focused.

During previews
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Jokey

See it if You like Clive Owen. He works hard here to keep this dreadful production going.

Don't see it if If you dislike Julie Taymor. She pays more attention to gimmicks like clumsey rolling flats & long dance pieces that make no sense.

October 26th, 2017
"'M. Butterfly' returns to Broadway on heavier, drabber wings...Hwang more than implicitly compares Gallimard’s dim vision regarding his love object to the unrealistic beliefs that Western countries hold about the East...For 'M. Butterfly' to have emotional impact, it must make its audiences unea...
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October 26th, 2017
"'M. Butterfly' remains provocative and timely, with a great deal to unpack—in part because Hwang has stuffed it with new information...These changes help shift the storytelling away from symbolism and toward a more specific account of a particular relationship...Aside from lively dance sequences...
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October 26th, 2017
"Strangely uneven...Despite compelling performances by both leads—especially Ha—both play and production wander into clunkiness and confusion...Hwang and Taymor often struggle to convey the specific reality in which events are occurring...Hwang’s observations feel suspended—like little islands of...
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October 26th, 2017
"The bluntness and lack of poetry in Taymor's sluggish 'M. Butterfly' revival are no fault of the talented Jin Ha, who plays Song with an enigmatic air..Owen's dour Gallimard is more hamstrung by the production's approach...M. Butterfly remains a provocative drama...But in their counterintuitive ...
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