I finally ended my stint at Inquirer as a theater reviewer as they haven’t assigned me and play since February. I’ve seen quite a few shows since then but couldn’t write about it because Inquirer had sent someone else. So, without any attachments anywhere, I asked ClickTheCity if I could expand my writing to include theater and they said yes.
So here’s my first review for the theater section for ClickTheCity: ‘M Butterfly,’ 30 years later, is an elusive theatrical experience (ClickTheCity).
I make it clear that I’ve never really liked the material since I took it up in college. I was hoping seeing it on stage would have changed my mind about it but it still didn’t affect me at all. I felt that the acting was really flat and the interpretation was neither here nor there in terms of what the audience knows about the big deception in the play.
The production values were quite good, though, but everything else just failed to soar and fly. I was told recently that the only staging of the play that had any real power or effect was the one with John Lithgow so many years before. I was told not even the latest production with Clive Owen was good.
It seems M Butterfly will always be that elusive theatrical experience for me. I studied it in class, my teacher loved it, but I never really got a handle into it.