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Real Thing, The - Full Length Play, Comedy

Real Thing, The

Tom Stoppard

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Full Length Play, Comedy

4m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573614583

Winner! Tony® Award for Best Play - 1984!
Winner! 2000 Tony® Award for Best Revival of a Play

"So packed with wit, ideas and feelings ... Stoppard's most moving play and the most bracing play anyone has written about love and marriage in years…

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Full Length Play

Comedy

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Tony, From Broadway, Winner! Tony® Award for Best Play - 1984!
Winner! 2000 Tony® Award for Best Revival of a Play

Winner! Tony® Award for Best Play - 1984!
Winner! 2000 Tony® Award for Best Revival of a Play
This intellectually and emotionally engaging backstage comedy portrays an articulate and romantically idealistic playwright whose second wife is trying to merge worthy causes with her art as an actress. She has net a "political prisoner" named Brodie who has been jailed for radical thuggery, and who has written an inept play about how property is theft, how the state stifles the rights of the individual, etc., etc., etc. Henry's wife wants him to make the play work theatrically, which he does after much soul searching. Eventually, though, he is able to convince his wife that Brodie is emphatically not a victim of political repression; he is, in fact, a thug. And while this hilariously transpires, Henry's concepts of love, marriage and fidelity are tested as surely as his writing skills. Jeremy Irons triumphed in the original Broadway production.
"So packed with wit, ideas and feelings ... Stoppard's most moving play and the most bracing play anyone has written about love and marriage in years." - The New York Times.

"Shimmering, dazzling theatre, a play of uncommon wit and intelligence which not only thoroughly delights but challenges and illuminates our lives." - WCBS TV.

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4m, 3f

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Tom Stoppard

Tom Stoppard

Sir Tom Stoppard is a Czech-born playwright. He began his career in England in 1954 as a journalist, soon moving to London in 1960 to start work as a playwright. His first play, A Walk on the Water (1960), which was televised in 1963, soon reached London with a stage version titled Enter a Free Man (1968). His next work, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1964-65), showed at the 1966 Edinburgh ... view full profile

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Jessie Chasan-Taber 12/2/2013 4:38 PM
A deft exploration of intimate relationships, “The Real Thing” follows Henry through his evolving concept of—and ability to express—love. Henry, Tom Stoppard’s proxy, places endless emphasis on conversation and language, both in his personal life and in his work as a playwright. However, it is just in this arena where he ultimately fails. For, as the audience comes to understand, Henry’s dedication to language also translates into a naïve faith in it. Stoppard’s fictionalized self-portrait communicates a humbleness that has been layered upon his intellectual and linguistic prowess, for it is because of a lack of communication and Henry’s unquestioning faith in “I do” that his marriage with Charlotte fell apart.

The communication of love between lovers, exes, and family members is ultimately the subject of “The Real Thing.” Constituted by scenes of the characters both in each other’s plays and movies and in their real existences, the expression and perception of love is refracted through different viewpoints that confuse the separation between fiction and reality, as well as between the characters and their constructed conceptions of themselves. Stoppard skillfully paints the arc of the character of the playwright, with all of his foibles and naïveté, through the meandering twists and turns of varying infidelities and betrayals, while expressing along the way the pains and realities of intimate relationships and aging, human weakness, and the evolving and enduring quality of love.

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