"M. Butterfly" and Broadway's Metamorphosis

Jimmy Turrell

M. Butterfly and the return of socially conscious theater

Just a year ago, the New York stage was having a ball. In the fall of 2016, the musicals were mostly bright and brassy, and apart from Hamilton, the most “engaged” show you could find was was a jolly version of the newsroom farce The Front Page. There were certainly big emotions—like the blockbuster feelathon Dear Evan Hansen—but weepies are just another flavor of fun. Escapism was Broadwa...