The Real Thing, with Goede, Meisle and Wingert, Begins Guthrie Run Aug. 5 | Playbill

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News The Real Thing, with Goede, Meisle and Wingert, Begins Guthrie Run Aug. 5 Tom Stoppard's award-winning play The Real Thing begins its limited run at the Guthrie Theater Aug. 5.

Directed by Joe Dowling, the production will officially open at the Guthrie's new McGuire Proscenium Stage Aug. 11. The limited engagement will play through Sept. 24.

The cast features Jay Goede as Henry, Jonas Goslow as Billy, Kathryn Meisle as Annie, Lee Mark Nelson as Max, Mike Rasmussen as Brodie, Elizabeth Stahlmann as Debbie and Sally Wingert as Charlotte.

"How do you know if it's really love?" the Guthrie notes ask. "A play within a play illustrates the confusion in Stoppard's razor sharp take on marriage, art and the art of marriage. You’re never sure what’s real in this play until it hits you in the heart."

The Real Thing opened on Broadway in January 1984, playing 566 performances at the Plymouth Theatre. The original cast featured Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons, Christine Baranski, Peter Gallagher and Cynthia Nixon. The production won five Tony Awards, including Best Play. The 2000 revival at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre co-starred Stephen Dillane and Jennifer Ehle and won Tonys for both Dillane and Ehle and for Best Revival of a Play.

The Guthrie Theater is located at 818 2nd Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. For tickets, priced $22-$52, call (612) 377-2224 or (877) 44 STAGE. For more information visit

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