Stoppard's THE REAL THING Sings Its Heart Out

November 1, 2014 3:36 AM

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Tom Stoppard's plays aren't exactly known for their warmth to begin with, so at first it seems like director Sam Gold is upping the chill factor with a clever little move to deny demonstrative Broadway audiences a chance to welcome the stars of Roundabout's revival of The Real Thing with entrance applause.

The curtain rises even before the pre-show announcement about cell phones and candy wrappers has ended. As scripted by Stoppard, Josh Hamilton's Max and Cynthia Nixon's Charlotte are already on stage, but Gold adds Maggie Gyllenhaal's Annie to the mix. The two women are joined by Madeline Weinstein'...

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