First Nighter: Stoppard's "Real Thing," McNally's "Lips Together, Teeth Apart"

October 30, 2014 11:53 PM

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When Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced they were consciously uncoupling, you can bet that not a single playwright saw the situation as raw material for a new work. No, sir. No, ma'am. On the evidence of plays currently swamping us, dramatists are only interested in couples coming apart with little conscience and usually in pairs having drinks or dinner together or spending weekends under the same weekend roof.

The obsession dates back to Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and further, but more recently has surrounded theatergoers with Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage, Theresa Rebeck's Poor Behavior, the revival of Donald Margulies's Dinner With Friends and last week's transfer from Lincoln Center to Broadway of...

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