“The Real Thing”: My FT Review

The Financial Times has published my review of the Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing.” Bottom line: ‘It stars Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal, each making a credible Broadway debut. Theatregoers my age remember Roger Rees and Jeremy Irons infusing the central role of Henry, a cerebral playwright, with biting wit. How could McGregor, an actor of surpassing warmth, embody someone whose cold carapace, when it cracks, fills the stage with wreckage? McGregor resorts to charm, which gives the production a solid centre while making us crave a wider emotional arc.’

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