Ends Mar 28 | 1h 30m | East Village

Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes)

From 14 member  reviews
Members say: Relevant, Great singing, Resonant, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

About the show

Inspired by interviews with undocumented Latin America immigrants, the piece will take the form of a fandango, a community celebration where stories are brought to life through music, dance, and performance. More…

From the show:

Note: Performances will be staged at multiple locations, please consult the company website for more information.

On the eve of city-wide ICE raids, a group of immigrants gather in an undisclosed community center in NYC for a fandango. As fear encroaches — fear for family left behind in their home countries, fear for loved ones in the middle of their dangerous journey to New York, fear of leaving the sanctuary of the community center simply just get a bag of ice — a sense of camaraderie builds between the participants. Strangers become friends, friends become family, and the fandango plays on.


Member Reviews (14)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Great singing, Resonant, Ambitious, Thought-provoking
85
Avg Score

75
Thoughfully presented, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you'd like to see a lovely, compelling show culled from the real life experiences of immigrants

Don't see it if you're not interested in our past & current situation of separating family & friends from each other

Also There are screens with titles that switched from both languages as cal... Read more Read less

91
Beautiful, Moving, Resonant, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if You have any opportunity to do so. This is a celebration of humanity - life-affirming + heart-wrenching. A beautiful production & evening.

Don't see it if N/A

86
Ambitious, Great singing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if A passionate tale of immigrant lives with beautiful score by Padilla. Heartfelt and performed with sensitivity

Don't see it if If folkloric music and bilingual storytelling is not up your alley, this may not be for you

80
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in touching immigrant stories supported by beautiful music. The structure is simple, but it works.

Don't see it if you have no interest in immigrants and their struggles or are looking for a full blown musical.

92
Relevant, moving, earnest, lively, great music

See it if you want insight into the personal stories of undocumented immigrants and their families. And you like live Latin music.

Don't see it if you prefer heavily produced shows in large venues.

Also Moving, thoughtful and fun evening, with wonderful music (and dancing ... Read more Read less

90
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you're looking for the perfect blend of a musical play that flawlessly moves between reality and heightened emotions.

Don't see it if you want an R rated experience. I honestly can't think of reasons not to recommend it.

Also This play was an absolute treasure. I enjoyed every single second of i... Read more Read less

During previews
81
Somewhat repetitive, Resonant, Inspiring, Great music, Heartfelt

See it if Based on touching real life stories of the hopes, dreams, difficulties & realities of immigrants to the U.S. from Latin America. Great cast!

Don't see it if The similarities of some of the stories can feel repetitive, but still touching. This was an early preview so this can be addressed.

Also Definitely worth seeing. It helps if you know Spanish because the acou... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you, you know persons who, or would like to understand lives of persons who, identify as Latin immigrant to USA within the last 20 years

Don't see it if you’re not interested in histories or lives of recent Hispanic immigrants to USA, don’t like Hispanic music/dance, can’t sit 2 hrs no interv

Also For audience members having no knowledge of Spanish and difficulty und... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Thought-provoking, Bare bones, Relevant, Moving, Talented cast

See it if interested in immigrant stories, told with music and dance. Like to see plays that make you think about contemporary issues.

Don't see it if you want a splashy show--this is very simply staged. If you don't want to hear about the lives of documented and undocumented immigrants.

Also I think that if this was a bit shorter it would be even stronger but I... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Heartfelt, Relevant, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in a story based on interviews with recent mostly undocumented immigrants from Latin America, their hopes & realities.

Don't see it if you don't like Latin American music, immigrant stories, or hear the stories of people who might be facing deportation in/from this country.

During previews
90
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Exquisite, Great staging, Great singing

See it if Moving play w focus on a group of immigrants having "a party w a point", terrific musicdancing&true stories while awaiting a loved one from*

Don't see it if More songs&dialogue rather than narrative'd make the show more interestingThird eve on preview:room x improvement,yet see it@ any nycborough

Also * Honduras on the eve of an ICE ride.... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Delightful, Entertaining, A celebration of what it’s like to be human, Great singing

See it if You understand the terrible injustice done to immigrants who flock to the US for economic reasons & to escape violence.

Don't see it if You don’t want to hear stories of people who risk their life to come to this country.

Also On the eve of a NYC planned ICE raid, a community center is the gather... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Disappointing, Cliched, Banal, Ambitious

See it if Interested in a play with music with important ambitions

Don't see it if Expect more than superficial insights into plight of immigrants

During previews
76
Heartfelt, Relevant, Great singing, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you love beautifully performed Latic music and enjoy new work and diverse story telling

Don't see it if you don't enjoy play that still need to be f fine tuned.


February 11th, 2020
4/5 Stars "It's refreshing that 'Fandango' is not solely a sob story...The characters have dreams and desires that go beyond the difficulties they face...The dialogue sometimes slips into exposition or didacticism...'Fandango' teaches its lessons best when it targets our hearts, not our heads."
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February 12th, 2020
"'Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes)' never quite coalesces as drama, but it takes unerring aim at one's heart. It also stands as a devastating refutation of the current administration's disingenuous presentation of immigrants as criminals and miscreants."
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February 11th, 2020
"ICE raids, harrowing border crossing journeys and transferring money home are depicted in the rousing and moving play. It's derived from undocumented Latin American immigrants' stories of why they left their countries and of their lives in the United States."
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February 11th, 2020
"They talk of their hardships, and express their fears. But what's freshest is their joy. With a superb cast of performers and musicians, the show is only really thrilling when the seven characters recreate the tradition of son jarocho… and sing the beautiful original songs."
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