"The Real Thing": Stoppard's Love Play With McGregor and Gyllenhaal

October 31, 2014 3:11 PM

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The course of true love never did run smooth, as one of Tom Stoppard's favorite writers once observed, but for the star-crossed adulterers in The Real Thing, his smart and funny play which opened last night in a curiously anemic and uneven revival, it seems to hit every pothole its path.

With Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal making their Broadway debuts in the roles of the lovers Henry and Annie, and Cynthia Nixon and Josh Hamilton as their jilted cast-offs Charlotte and Max, the stage seemed to be set for Stoppard's 1982 discourse on the meaning of love to sparkle like vintage c...

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