Enda Walsh is an Irish-born playwright, a fact immensely bothersome to those seeking to place him alongside his birth nation's similarly defined theatrical forbears. Great acrobatic skill goes into locating the Synge in his characters' souls, the Keats in their speech. For Walsh is sim
"M. Butterfly" is the ostensibly true story of a French diplomat who carries on a 17-year affair with a bewitching Chinese opera star, only to discover that she is not only a spy, but also a man. The play, rooted in a tabloid headline and realized in a retelling of Puccini's famous "Madam Butterfly,"
Paula Vogel has reaped success from risk, taking on controversial subjects such as AIDS (notably in 'The Baltimore Waltz,' for which she won an Obie in 1992), gay parenting, pornography, and prostitution. It seems unlikely, but it was her most controversial subject matter that brought her the most ma