M Butterfly at ArtsWest makes Seattle Picks List / by David Hwang


Well, if you’re very sexually inexperienced… and you sleep together very rarely… and you keep the lights off… and your “wife” keeps her business well-tucked… and you reeeeeeally want it to be true… it is conceivable (so to speak) that you could be someone’s lover for 20 years and never realize “she” is actually a man—oui, avec une verge. It actually happened to a French diplomat who fell for a female-presenting Beijing opera singer—and the story’s even more complex than that: The singer was a spy who wangled (sorry) intel from him.

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