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Butterfly Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and soon to be back on Broadway in a revival directed by the Lion King s Julie Taymor, starring Clive Owen A brilliant play of ideas a visionary work that bridges the history and culture of two worlds Frank Rich, New York TimesBased on a true story that stunned the world, and inspired by Giacomo Puccini s opera Madama Butterfly, M Butterfly was an immediate sensation when it premiered inIt opens in the cramped prison cell where diplomat Rene Gallimard is being held captive by the French government and by his own illusions He recalls a time when Song Liling, the beautiful Chinese diva, touched him with a love as vivid, as seductive and as elusive as a butterflyHow could he have known that his true love was, in fact, a spy for the Chinese government and a man disguised as a woman The diplomat relives the twenty year affair from the temptation to the seduction, from its consummation to the scandal that ultimately consumed them both M Butterfly is one of the most compelling, explosive, and slyly humorous dramas ever to light the Broadway stage, a work of unrivaled brilliance, illuminating the conflict between men and women, the differences between East and West, racial stereotypes and the shadows we cast around our most cherished illusionsThe original cast included John Lithgow as Gallimard and BD Wong as Song Liling During the show sperformance run, David Dukes, Anthony Hopkins, Tony Randall, and John Rubinstein were also cast as Gallimard Hwang adapted the play for afilm directed by David Cronenberg, starring Jeremy Irons and John LoneTEXT OF THE BROADWAY REVIVAL French spy falls in love with a Chinese opera singer only to discover over twenty years later that she is a man Um yes.However, things do get a littleserious than thatkind of M.Butterfly spends a majority of the time focusing on the Western stereotypical perceptions of the far east and how that can have an effect in various levels of society However, Hwang also touches on a number of issues including Asian perceptions of the West and of course gender biases and the stereotypical i French spy falls in love with a Chinese opera singer only to discover over twenty years later that she is a man Um yes.However, things do get a littleserious than thatkind of M.Butterfly spends a majority of the time focusing on the Western stereotypical perceptions of the far east and how that can have an effect in various levels of society However, Hwang also touches on a number of issues including Asian perceptions of the West and of course gender biases and the stereotypical ideals we try to embrace.Its all hefty subject matter but Hwang never fails to make it entertaining, absurd and, since told from one characters perspective, full of subjective inaccurancies that question if what is being playing out on stage ever really happened the way it did While not an element that is the focus of the play, it only adds to the various levels which this play can be examined I do not think I am capable of conveying how much this impacted me This little play was based off a true incident in which a French diplomat fell in love with a Chinese woman only to discover that his love was a man spying on him all along, something the diplomat insisted he did not know When David Henry Hwang heard this story in the 1980s, his reaction was not of disbelief, but of belief if the spy were playing the submissive Asian woman, how could she not fool him Song performs the versio I do not think I am capable of conveying how much this impacted me This little play was based off a true incident in which a French diplomat fell in love with a Chinese woman only to discover that his love was a man spying on him all along, something the diplomat insisted he did not know When David Henry Hwang heard this story in the 1980s, his reaction was not of disbelief, but of belief if the spy were playing the submissive Asian woman, how could she not fool him Song performs the version of submissive Asian womanhood Gallimard finds most appealing Song tells us that The West thinks of itself as masculine so the East is feminine her mouth says no, but her eyes say yes The West believes the East, deep down, wants to be dominated 83 This is the lens by which she caters performance at times outspoken, but always loving the white Western man But the burden of this performance does not fall primarily on Song Gallimard has grown up in a society where he has been taught to view Butterfly through a prism thus, he does not think to question whether or not she genuinely fits the image she projects Gallimard, in every moment, sees himself as Pinkerton and Song as Butterfly This is the lens with which he loves her This is also, incidentally, the reason I heavily disliked the movie adaptation of this play To make Song a person in love with Gallimard fails the text Song could be in love with Gallimard, but that is not the point, and not the tragedy To make Gallimard a man so easily believing the reveal that Song is not who she says she is fails the text, as well Gallimard has never loved Song only ever the idea of Song I have a lotto say about this my final paper in a class this semester was about this play but I am going to end this review with a compilation of quotes from this show that made me go absolutely buckwild Rene While we men may all want to kick Pinkerton, very few of us would pass up the opportunity to be Pinkerton Rene Yes actually, I ve forgotten everything My mind, you see there wasn t enough room in this hard head not for the world and for you Song Rene, I ve never done what you ve said Why should it be any different in your mind Song Your mouth says no, but your eyes say yes Rene You showed me your true self When all I loved was the lie Rene I m a man who loved a woman created by a man Everything else simply falls short Blog Twitter Instagram Spotify Youtube About David Henry Hwang s masterpiece must be heard to be appreciated no mere reading of the script can do it justice Nor can David Cronenburg s film version provide a substitute With all of the political overtones stripped away, the film M Butterfly becomes just another of the freak shows for which Cronenburg is so well known.At its heart, Hwang s original play reveals how the hubris and ignorance of the West and its preference for the comforting lies of Orientalism over a reality too harsh for David Henry Hwang s masterpiece must be heard to be appreciated no mere reading of the script can do it justice Nor can David Cronenburg s film version provide a substitute With all of the political overtones stripped away, the film M Butterfly becomes just another of the freak shows for which Cronenburg is so well known.At its heart, Hwang s original play reveals how the hubris and ignorance of the West and its preference for the comforting lies of Orientalism over a reality too harsh for the West to bear leads to downfall in Rene Gallimand s case, a humiliating political and personal one in the West s case, a humiliating political and military loss in the Vietnam War The parallels are obvious, but in Hwang s hands, so deftly handled that I would recommend the L.A Theatre Works edition to everyone A play based on a true story about a French diplomat who falls in love with a Chinese actress, only to realize that his exotic butterfly also identifies as male Hwang s story highlights the beginning, middle, and end of Gallimard s descent through Song s seduction and how his appetite for dominance blinds him from the truth in front of his own two eyes Though Gallimard earns little respect in this play, we see how he falls victim to the stereotypes assigned to men and to women, to the East and A play based on a true story about a French diplomat who falls in love with a Chinese actress, only to realize that his exotic butterfly also identifies as male Hwang s story highlights the beginning, middle, and end of Gallimard s descent through Song s seduction and how his appetite for dominance blinds him from the truth in front of his own two eyes Though Gallimard earns little respect in this play, we see how he falls victim to the stereotypes assigned to men and to women, to the East and to the West.I wish I could see this play live The intersectional, transnational quality of M Butterfly always made me evaluate the archetypes associated with gender and culture Gallimard and Song s relationship had so many facets Gallimard s sorrow, Song s manipulation, their desperate and theatrical dialogue, andOther books I read fall into an already solidified genre young adult, romance, action adventure, etc while M Butterfly stands out as an undefinable, uncouth, and unique subset of its own.Overall, recommended to someone who enjoys plays of a dramatic yet sometimes dark, comedic nature M Butterfly integrates sexuality, gender, transnationalism, and , so if any of those topics interest you, I would recommend it

  • Paperback
  • 93 pages
  • M. Butterfly
  • David Henry Hwang
  • English
  • 10 November 2019
  • 0822207125

About the Author: David Henry Hwang

David Henry Hwang Chinese pinyin Hu ng Zh l n born August 11, 1957 is an American playwright who has risen to prominence as the preeminent Asian American dramatist in the U.S.He was born in Los Angeles, California and was educated at the Yale School of Drama and Stanford University His first play was produced at the Okada House dormitory at Stanford and he briefly studied playwriting with Sam Shepard and Mar a Irene Forn s.He is the author of M Butterfly 1988 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Awards, Pulitzer finalist , Golden Child 1998 Tony nomination, 1997 OBIE Award , FOB 1981 OBIE Award , The Dance and the Railroad Drama Desk nomination , Family Devotions Drama Desk Nomination , Sound and Beauty, and Bondage His newest play, Yellow Face, which premiered at Los Angeles Mark Taper Forum and New York s Public Theatre, won a 2008 OBIE Award and was a Finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize He wrote the scripts for the Broadway musicals Elton John Tim Rice s Aida co author , Rodgers Hammerstein s Flower Drum Song 2002 revival, 2003 Tony nomination , and Disney s Tarzan His opera libretti include three works for composer Philip Glass, 1000 Airplanes on the Roof, The Voyage Metropolitan Opera , and The Sound of a Voice as well as Bright Sheng s The Silver River, Osvaldo Golijov s Ainadamar two 2007 Grammy Awards and Unsuk Chin s Alice In Wonderland Opernwelt s 2007 World Premiere of the Year Hwang penned the feature films M Butterfly, Golden Gate, and Possession co writer , and also co wrote the song Solo with Prince A native of Los Angeles, Hwang serves on the Council of the Dramatists Guild He attended Stanford University and Yale Drama School, and was appointed by President Clinton to the President s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.


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