Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing from A.C.T.
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The last date listed for The Real Thing was Sunday November 21, 2004 / 2:00pm.
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Both charming and disturbing, The Suit combines a rich musical score with remarkably simple staging as it tells the story of a husband who doles out an unusual punishment to his cheating wife: He asks that she treat her lover's abandoned suit as a guest of honor in their home. Accompanying her wherever she goes, the suit becomes a whimsical yet cruel reminder of her infidelity. African melodies interweave with jazz standards to underscore this surprising, sharp-witted tale set in Apartheid-era Johannesburg, in a haunting production that integrates virtuosic musicians directly into the action. Learn More
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A great play, but not sure they pulled it off. The husband was very warm and earthy and making the women seem cold and detached, the story requires the opposite...why would a woman leave someone as handsome and warm as Marco Baricelli!
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Very powerful, rich, deep, and complex story about love, the individual, couples, relationships, commitment, and personal emotional development. The 2nd half really took me on a rollercoaster ride of different feelings. Highly recommended.
In Tom Stoppard’s witty and passionate depiction of modern relationships, two couples search urgently for love: grand love, true love, the kind of love people write plays about—the real thing. Henry, a playwright, is married to Charlotte, an actor; their friends Annie and Max are also actors. When Henry’s latest play is staged, life begins to imitate art, and the four friends begin to interact in surprising new ways. They are ultimately compelled to re-examine their relationships, as each character questions whether the love they have is the love they want.