M. Butterfly

M. Butterfly

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by David Henry Hwang
     
 

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John Lithgow and B.D. Wong recreate their original roles from the Tony Award-winning production. Inspired by an actual espionage scandal, a French diplomat discovers the startling truth about his Chinese mistress.

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John Lithgow and B.D. Wong recreate their original roles from the Tony Award-winning production. Inspired by an actual espionage scandal, a French diplomat discovers the startling truth about his Chinese mistress.

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Variety
With M. BUTTERFLY David Henry Hwang joins the first string of American playwrights. This is an audaciously imaginative play, big in conception and theme, and a satisfying instance of a talented writer hitting full stride.
New Yorker
Of all the young dramatists at work in America today, none is more audacious, imaginative, or gifted than David Henry Hwang...
NY Post
It will move you, it will thrill you, it may even surprise you. It is a play not to be missed, and it is a play once caught that will never be forgotten.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452262300
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
03/29/1989
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this to help with an essay for my literature class and ended up reading it two more times. It's funny and really well written. Hwang is one of the best playwrights I have come across so far. His themes concerning identity and how social expectations affects it is incredible. He really challenges what it means to have an identity.
raustin238 More than 1 year ago
I had to read this play while taking my college English course. I am really glad that I read the play. Immediatly it sucked me in and I finished the play in one sitting. After I finished reading it I bought the movie. The movie was a disapointment. It doesn't stand a chance next to the book. I would have loved a chance to see the play and was sad that I was so late in discovering this great piece of work.
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i'm not one to usually read plays willingly - but this one was something that piqued my interest for a while. due to a class assignment i read this play - and it was amazing. entertaining and insightful, insane and yet completely sane (plot wise), i enjoyed every minute of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
M.Butterfly as the short to Monsieur Butterfly was taken place in the 60's of Beiging, China. A French diplomat fails in love with a Chinese Opera singer, who is beautiful, submissive, intelligent. But she turned out not only a spy but also a man. After twenty years of an affair, he had the image that Oriental women are modest to show their body to others and therefore had never seen her completely naked. His lover was not as he imaged as his favorite play, Madame Butterfly. The playwright was inspired by a real story and the play was written in a sensitive, humous manner to express the romance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read M. Butterfly for my college theatre class. It is so weird! The fact that it is a true story too! I had to cover the pages as I read so no one looking over my shoulder thought I was a sicko. I also saw the movie by Director David Cronenberg. The movie doesn't give you the same effect but it shows a different perscective on how M. Butterfly is interpreted. I suggest reading the play first, then going to see the movie. Both are great!