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Members say: Original, Absorbing, Profound, Riveting, Intense

About the show

Part of the Brits Off Broadway fest, this wordless adaptation of 'Madam Butterfly' centers on a kite maker who's left alone and isolated. More…

Created, directed, and performed by Ramesh Meyyappan, 'Butterfly' uses a mixture of visual and physical theater styles, kites, and a handcrafted puppet to recount John Luther Long's iconic story. Alone and grief-stricken, Butterfly conjures up an idyllic, imaginary world to counteract her trauma and despair. As she immerses herself in this fantasy land, her beauty begins to fade and her tale takes a further tragic turn.

Member Reviews (7)


Original, Absorbing, Profound, Riveting, Intense
Avg Score

Excruciating, Intense

See it if There's nothing about this show after the first 10 minutes that I would recommend.

Don't see it if You have ever suffered from any kind of abuse, are sensitive to scenes of cruel violence, are expecting a poetic experience as billed.

Great staging, Intense, Original, Profound, Romantic

See it if You're a fan of Madam Butterfly and great puppetry. Slightly confusing, but the inventive storytelling is definitely worth seeing. Original.

Don't see it if You'd rather go to a more upbeat show. You're not able to handle shows that are too out of the box. You're put off by more mature themes.

Beautiful, Resonant, Slow, Dark, Enthralling

See it if you like small-scale shows from fringe festivals, you enjoy shows that leave room for your own interpretation and understanding

Don't see it if you want dialogue and clarity, you want a longer more drawn-out show

Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Quirky, Riveting

See it if you are okay with no dialogue, don't mind interpreting the story told by using physical movement, and don't mind darker subject matters

Don't see it if you want a light show. Show has very mature subject matters. Very inappropriate for children even though there is puppetry.

Absorbing, Original, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if without words the actors are incredibly expressive and the emotion is even more pronounced. The touching reality of human frailty is amazing

Don't see it if you think puppets are just for fun - one puppet here is used for dramatic and emotional effect

Must see, Epic, Riveting

See it if You live history, drama, Lin Manuel Miranda

Don't see it if You hate all musicals

During previews
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Intelligent, Original

See it if you are a fan of alternative theater; this show is hauntingly beautiful, and no words are spoken.

Don't see it if you like Broadway musicals and heavy drama.

May 3rd, 2016
"All three performers are skilled at the subtle art of pantomime; there isn't even a hint of overacting...But 'Butterfly' is a strange combination of the sentimental and the brutal, a series of melodramatic twists in search of a meaningful narrative…A certain purposelessness hangs over the procee...
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April 30th, 2016
“Mr. Meyyappan, Ms. Livingstone and Mr. Alexander all superbly realize their characters with their fluid physicality and expressive facial expressions...The trio expertly performs Darren Brownlie’s vibrantly moody choreography...Graceful direction melds all of the narrative and presentational ele...
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May 1st, 2016
“'Butterfly' effortlessly swept the audience away in a sensory adventure...The movement is clean and clear, with a crisp specificity in its symbolism and a few hints at familiar sign language imagery...Gavin Glover’s puppets steal the show...The play seems to celebrate the marvel of how things ar...
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May 9th, 2016
"An uneven, but stylish chamber work…Although the combination of techniques makes for an awkward mix, there are moments of exquisite beauty amidst the ugly violence...A puppet baby, manipulated in some measure by all three performers, somehow exudes humanity, frailty and light, making the dark en...
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