Closed 1h 30m
Butterflies
Midtown W
72

Butterflies NYC Reviews and Tickets

72%
(26 Reviews)
Positive
69%
Mixed
31%
Negative
0%
Members say
Great acting, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Clever

About the Show

This English-language premiere from Italian playwright Emanuele Aldrovandi  tells a fantastical and uncompromising tale of personal growth among sisterly love and sisterly rivalry.

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Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Two very good performers. Clever miniature set. Intimate theater (3 sided) at old Abingdon site. Nice use of broomstick puppets or????

Don't see it if No laughs. May be tough to handle for some. Minor question re: reality and sisterly game played .

72
Intense, Quirky, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you like exploring the games siblings play and the changes in relationship over the years. Good use of set and props for a small black box.

Don't see it if you do not like constant tension among sisters from a dysfunctional family that has sad results. Some use of old terms that are not PC today

Critic Reviews (2)

June 4th, 2019

“It's possible that the play suffers from being translated...Or perhaps it's just that the direction...can feel lost at times. While both actresses have good moments, it often feels like their character development is erratic and random...This play is unique, but it feels like it is longing to make a statement that it falls shy of actually achieving. Perhaps if it spent more time developing its characters so that the stakes felt real or if it tried to take on less at once, it would be more effective.”
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June 3rd, 2019

"A poignant exploration of life, love, and loss, Emanuele Aldrovandi’s 'Butterflies,' unfolds over the next ninety minutes as a rollercoaster of blunt dialogue mashed with symbolic theatricality, a masterclass in heartbreaking coming of age vignettes...A beautifully written, acted, and directed US premiere, 'Butterflies' will leave you breathless and devastated at the lengths the human heart will go to protect what it loves and thinks is 'right.'"
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