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Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Real Thing

Tom Stoppard is the Bob Dylan of playwrights. No wonder he controls my top five list of dramatists. His clever and imaginative works, starting with the ingenious “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” (1966), are entertaining, intellectual and extremely well structured. My favorite Stoppard play is "Arcadia", brimming with difficult questions in physics, biology and higher mathematics. Almost as good is “The Real Thing”, a complicated drama about marital infidelity and the question of what constitutes “real” love. “The Real Thing” premiered thirty years ago, and will be shown for at least another hundred years. A new production will open next week at the American Airlines Theater, 227 West 42nd Street in New York starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ewan McGregor. Did I mention that Tom Stoppard and I have something in common? We both were born in the Czech Republic.

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