#Play Tony Award Best Play 1984
Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close
- Playwright: Tom Stoppard (1937)
- Title: The Real Thing
- Genre: play
- Opening night: 1982
- Trivia: Tony Award for Best Play 1984
- Trivia: Tony Award for Best Revival Play 2000
- List of Challenges 2020
- Monthly reading plan
- Playwright Henry (J. Irons) and
- ….actress Annie (G. Close) fall in love
- while cheating on their spouses.
- They then marry and cheat on each other.
- Core message:
- Reality catches up with those who ignore it (2 married couples).
- Art (playwriting) is no longer impossible imaginings
- …but what is really happening.
- — investigating adultry
- — questioning the nature of true love
- Title: The Real Thing…finding “the real thing” in second marriages
- Type play: semi-autobiographical…Tom Stoppard is divorced and remarried.
- Literary device Stoppard uses a theatrical device, the play-within-a-play.
- I am trying to read 50 Best Plays of the last 100 years.
- The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard is nr. 20 on the list.
- Characters stumble to enlightenment….
- but realize that marriage is the ties that bind
- …and strangle.
- Dialogue is a combination of
- …chit-chat and philosophical discussion
- on the nature of true love.
- The writing is interesting, but a bit belabored
- …Stoppard is trying too hard to be clever.
- Probably The Real Thing
- …must be seen on the stage.
- It won 2 Tony Awards
- …so Stoppard must be doing something right.
- Still it is ….not my kind of play.