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
Avg Score

During previews
Ambitious, Absorbing, Riveting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to be captivated by incredibly deep performances.

Don't see it if prefer light plays

During previews
Disappointing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if If you want to see an updated version of the original play; it has been revised for modern audiences with a completely different approach.

Don't see it if If you are uncomfortable with graphic language or nudity or if you don't want to see a play "improved on" which you originally loved.

Also Sad to say, I felt Clive Owen was miscast and this was shown up by the... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Overrated, Great staging, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you like the main character you like m butterfly story you like worl politics

Don't see it if if you love m butterfly and is expecting more from a wonderful story that fell so short

During previews
Thought-provoking, Slow, Great acting

See it if You are curious about China in the 1970s. You want a different ending of Miss Saigon, not a happy ending though.

Don't see it if This play is only for a small group of people. Chances are HIGH that you won't like it. Especially if you don't have any interest in China.

Also Really DON'T see it if you don't think it's a play for you after you r... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Exquisite

See it if If you are interested in the stereotype and perception of Oriental in western society. Interested in gender issue

Don't see it if Too conservative

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you're open minded, love non-conventional, interesting interpretation to this nostalgic show. The set and choreography was great and unique

Don't see it if you don't like all the above :-)

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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