The Verdict: Critics Review Starry Revival of The Real Thing on Broadway

The Verdict   The Verdict: Critics Review Starry Revival of The Real Thing on Broadway
 
The Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play The Real Thing offiically opened Oct. 30 at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre. 
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ewan McGregor
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ewan McGregor Joan Marcus

Ewan McGregor (Othello at the Donmar Warehouse) stars as Henry opposite Oscar nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal ("Crazy Heart"), also in her Broadway debut, as Annie.

The cast also features Josh Hamilton ("American Horror Story: Coven," "Gracepoint," Reasons to be Happy at MCC, Dead Accounts) as Max, Tony winner Cynthia Nixon (Rabbit Hole) as Charlotte, West End actor Ronan Raftery (The Comedy Of Errors at Shakespeare's Globe, The Shawshank Redemption in the West End, The Silver Tassie at the National Theatre) as Billy, Alex Breaux (a recent Juilliard graduate, seen in Much Ado About Nothing in Central Park and in The Sky and the Limit at 59E59 Theaters) as Brodie and Madeline Weinstein (recent graduate of Northwestern University) as Debbie.

Sam Gold (Picnic, Look Back in Anger, Tigers Be Still) directs the limited engagement, which began performances Oct. 2 for a run through Jan. 4, 2015, at the American Airlines Theatre.

The critics have filed their reviews, and Playbill.com has collected them for our readers.

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Of note, Nixon is a board member of Roundabout Theatre Company and returns to their stage following her roles in Distracted and The Women. She made history when she appeared in the 1984 production of The Real Thing and simultaneously performed in Hurlyburly.

The creative team includes David Zinn (set design), Kaye Voyce (costume design), Mark Barton (lighting design) and Bray Poor (sound design).

Stoppard's The Real Thing premiered Nov. 16, 1982, at The Strand Theatre in London. The Real Thing is the winner of the 1984 Tony Award for Best Play and returns to the Broadway stage having last been produced 14 years ago.

Here's how Roundabout bills the "stirring and sensual" new production of The Real Thing: "Henry is a playwright not so happily married to Charlotte, the lead actress in his play about a marriage on the verge of collapse. When Henry’s affair with their friend Annie threatens to destroy his own marriage, he discovers that life has started imitating art. After Annie leaves her husband so she and Henry can begin a new life together, he can’t help but wonder whether their love is fiction or the real thing. Delectably witty and deeply affecting, The Real Thing takes a daring glimpse at relationships, fidelity, and the passions that often blur our perception of love."

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