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In the Time of the Butterflies (En El Tiempo De Las Mariposas)

14 Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Enchanting, Intense
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1h 40m | Already closed | Repertorio Espanol (Gramercy)

Repetorio Espanol presents the story of the Mirabal sisters standing up to one of history’s most notorious dictators; performed in Spanish with English subtitles. More…

'In the Time of Butterflies' is the story of the courageous Mirabal sisters (Patria, Minerva and María Teresa) from the Dominican Republic. The sisters inspired resistance cells throughout the country against the dictatorial regime of General Rafael Leónidas Trujillo. The ‘butterflies,' (their secret code name), were brutally murdered by the regime in 1960. Performed in Spanish with English subtitles.


90
Hispanic New York

for a previous production "Svich undertook the challenge of translating Alvarez’s three-hundred page, polyphonic work into a 100-minute play with respectful independence from the original; the result is an artistic success, a major dramatic accomplishment that turns the theatrical version into the natural complement to the novel. Svich also repeats the successful partnership by teaming up with director José Zayas." Full Review

85
Indie Theater Now

for a previous production "The play is sure-handedly directed by Jose Zayas, who keeps the set simple but uses projections to great effect. He does a fabulous job at staging the piece and keeps the story flowing, finding humor where necessary without compromising the emotional heft of the story...'En el Tiempo de las Mariposas' is absorbing and gorgeous theatre." Full Review

75
Backstage

for a previous production "It largely does justice to this story of injustice...The oversized, ornate costumes undermine what should be the audience's feeling of dread. But this is a rare misstep in director José Zayas' inventive production, in which the use of video projections and animation help create a poetic language of stagecraft. The seven-member cast is effective in reminding us that, in past eras too, despots only seemed invincible." Full Review

70
The New York Times

for a previous production "The production can be overly sentimental and feels dutiful toward the end, but the performances and José Zayas’s direction is quite good, and the story is well worth knowing." Full Review


90
Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want something different and like history/political issues. If you enjoy stories about woman's empowerment.

Don't see it if You don't speak Spanish and/or like to read English subtitles. It's not a big theater production but but a great show.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy Gabriel García Márquez and the intensity of his storytelling.

Don't see it if you are not into thought provoking plots and just want a "feel good"production.

86
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you liked the book

Don't see it if you didn't like the book

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if You like historical dramas in Spanish, creative staging, sad endings with relevance.

Don't see it if You don't speak Spanish or don't like looking at the translations at the same time as trying to watch the play.

95
During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if in a theatrical manner, the history of three sisters, their struggle, their political and family values, is portrayed

Don't see it if is a Spanish play, not sure if reading the translation will be the same

85
During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Male casting weak

See it if you enjoy historic character-driven pieces. Cleverly staged and the women were very strong. Having one man play many characters weakened it.

Don't see it if you don't speak Spanish and don't want to deal with English sub-titles, though they weren't a problem for me.

84
During previews For a previous production
Epic, Intense, Must see, Great writing

See it if Like historic plays.

Don't see it if Don't like dramas

82
During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you are interested in the history of the Dominican Republic or enjoy political and/or historical dramas.

Don't see it if you don't speak Spanish or don't want to read subtitles.

75
During previews For a previous production
Original, Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Entertaining

See it if you are looking for a decent play performed in Spanish. This is one of the few worth seeing from the limited choices available in the NYC.

Don't see it if you are looking for a big budget production, fancy theater, expensive costumes, and extravagant set.

70
During previews For a previous production
Enchanting, Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you enjoy seeing historical dramas about the human condition.

Don't see it if you are troubled by subtitles. The story is easy to follow, but it is far more lyrical in Spanish.

100
During previews For a previous production
Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Must see, Profound

See it if You will love the characters as the thought provoking storyline transports you to a simpler time that ends in tragedy. Your mind will race.

Don't see it if Dont see it alone so take a friend as it will be a start of an ongoing dispute and wonderful conversation.

67
During previews For a previous production
Original, Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Confusing

See it if Must see.

Don't see it if No comments

100
During previews For a previous production
Exquisite

See it if You like historical fiction and a story that focuses on the strength and conviction of human beings

Don't see it if You don't like historical fiction

95
During previews For a previous production
Enchanting

See it if I have great seats

Don't see it if I have bad seats


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