M. Butterfly

M. Butterfly

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

An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance starring:
Margaret Cho as Comrade Chin/Suzuki/Shu-Fang
David Dukes as M. Toulon/Man/Judge
Joanna Frank as Helga
Arye Gross as Marc/Man/Consul Sharpless
Kathryn Layng as Renee/Woman at Party/Girl
John Lithgow as Rene Gallimard
B.D. Wong as Song Liling

Directed by Steve Albrezzi. Recorded before a live audience by L.A. Theatre Works.

"Hearing two such accomplished actors in parts they have mastered is a rare treat...L.A. Theatre Works is producing radio drama to rival the quality work of the BBC." —AudioFile Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580811774
Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works
Publication date: 12/01/2000
Series: L. A. Theatre Works
Edition description: Unabridged, 2 CDs
Pages: 2
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 6.98(h) x 0.99(d)

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M Butterfly 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
JosephJ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brilliant play. Blah movie. But both are worth getting into. The story is compelling and brings up a number of good points about the faults of Western, white male-dominated culture. Post-colonialism at its best and awfully funny dialogue.
followthenightlight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite plays, though I have never seen it performed.
stixnstones004 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting play, based on historical fact, about a french man who falls in love with a Chinese diva. She becomes his mistress and stays so for twenty years, at the end of which he discovers that not only is she a spy for the Communist party, but is also a man. The writing is scintillating and intoxicating. The character of the Chinese diva is alluring and multi-dimensional. It's fascinating how the story parallels the opera Madame Butterfly, especially in the way that Gallimard, though he thinks he is similar to the womanizer Pinkerton, is actually more similar to Madame Butterfly herself. This play has a fascinating take on what Hwang calls the western Rape mentality towards the East. A fascinating and quick read that I highly recommend.
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!