” M Butterfly”
M Butterfly is a must see at the Cort Theater. Masterfully directed by Julie Taymor, “M” moves along nicely to keep the audience entertained. The Play is loosely based on a true story and takes place in a prison cell in 1986, as well as flashes back to China in the 1960’s during the Vietnam era. Rene Gallimard, (Clive Owen) , is a French attache to China. He attends a Swiss Embassy opera of Madam Butterfly where he meets song Liling, (Jin Ha), a female, ( or so believed), female opera singer. She meets Gallimard in a chance meeting to spy on him and the French Government. Gallimard, who was a nerd growing up is married, however, he finds true love in Liling s arms. He sees her for eight years, to the amazement and jealousy of his co workers. Gallimard for the first time in his life feels alive with his mistress . To throw him of the sent, Song tells him that she is pregnant and which at that time he is to be returned to Paris. Upon his return, his wife brings up that she knows he has a mistress and that she is willing to overlook it so that they may continue making appearances at Embassy gatherings. Gallimard will have none of it, he asks for a divorce.
Back in China, Comrade Chin, is now in charge of Song, she makes her work on a farm for eight years telling her she has had it too good for too long. To get away from the brutality, she can write Gallimard and ask to come to Paris to spy. When Song arrives in Paris, she tells Gallimard that the Chinese Government have there baby and that she cannot procure information about the Parisian Government they will kill there baby. Soon after, Song is arrested and so is Gallimard. Gallimard is the laughing stock of all of Europe, The U.S. and Asia. It is at the trial that Gallimard loved the person whom he thought, not who is.
Robert M. Massimi recommends this play.