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The Real Thing

From 31 member reviews
Members say: Slow, Disappointing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

Great writing

See it if You love this absolutely brilliant play. The production has faults and Maggie Gyllenhaal is miscast - but the play is just beautiful.

Don't see it if You can't get over some quirks in the production to appreciate this wonderful play by Tom Stoppard.

Intelligent, Great acting, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You want to see as many stars as possible packed into a solid play from a star playwright, and an honest and cynical take on sex and romance

Don't see it if you're romantic to a fault or uncomfortable with so much unflinching focus on relationships and not much else.

Great acting, Great writing

See it if You love Ewan McGregor and love triangles/quads

Don't see it if Hate Tom Stoppard plays

Intelligent, Great acting, Original, Entertaining

See it if you like an interesting story and Great acting.

Don't see it if you don't like straight theatre.

Original, Great staging, Disappointing, Slow, Overrated

See it if there is an outstanding cast performing and you enjoy Stoppard's drama.

Don't see it if you are looking for a easy going, straight forward drama or something light.

Excruciating, Slow, Romantic, Overrated, Edgy

See it if You love Stoppard no matter how iffy the production.

Don't see it if You're hoping for something as good as The Coast of Utopia.

Dated, Great acting, Slow, Original, Intelligent

See it if Great Acting, fun seeing such big names, mature themes

Don't see it if you want action, you want big budget show stopper,

Dated, Great acting, Slow

See it if It's a slow a bit dated story. It's a great demi-stars studded cast. Nice staging and directing. Not juicy material.

Don't see it if You want any real adrenaline.

Confusing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you love the actors

Don't see it if you want a better show

Dated, Disappointing

See it if You're a fan of the actors playing in it.

Don't see it if You're looking for anything more than star gazing or a mediocre night at the theater.

Disappointing, Great writing, Slow

See it if You want to see an classic production and you like these actors

Don't see it if Well, it doesn't really gel as a production and the interesting idea of music interludes slows things down and doesn't help engage us

Disappointing, Clever, Miscast, Intelligent, Stiff

See it if you so love Stoppard that you'll take a subpar prodn. Both females were weak. Ewan's always a pleasure. Opening scene's clever! No dragging.

Don't see it if you want the full impact of the play. While it held my attn, it felt unnatural. Singing interludes felt forced. I wanted to love this one.

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Disappointing, Slow, Great writing

See it if you love the work of Tom Stoppard and aren't hoping for brilliant performances by the entire cast. Forever a fan of Ewan McGregor though.

Don't see it if you love Maggie Gyllenhaal and wish to see her in a good role.

Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Insipid, Boring

See it if you are going for the star-studded cast.

Don't see it if you don't like talky, high-brow plays.

Clever, Great acting, Romantic, Slow

See it if you like plays more than musicals

Don't see it if you want something really funny. its more dramatic

Disappointing, Slow, Cliched

See it if I hesitate to really recommend it. There were parts that worked and the cast I was very excited about. Perhaps to see a Stoppard play.

Don't see it if Too disjointed. I was particularly disappointed by Maggie. Saw the actors trying to save it. The relationships felt as difficult as written.

Funny, Great acting, Cliched, Confusing, Dated

See it if Funny, and of course the cast was great. Terrific writing, and interesting story.

Don't see it if Why were the actors singing between the scenes? It was very distracting.

Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if When I saw it in 1982 with Dillane in it was much better directed, better staging and flowed more. This play and story depends on directing.

Don't see it if You don't want to pay attention to a story that keeps revisiting itself. Directing made the show painful to watch.

Banal, Disappointing, Slow, Funny, British humor

See it if you enjoy British humor. You have a center stage seat because all the action takes place on the extreme sides of the stage.

Don't see it if you have a side seat. You won't be able to see the play.

Dated, Confusing, Slow

See it if you enjoy long monologues, want to see big names on stage, or enjoy plays about romantic relationships.

Don't see it if you enjoy face paced plots, want on-stage chemistry, or dislike thin plots.

Ambitious, Confusing, Dated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You like the casting

Don't see it if you are tired, It will put you to sleep as fast as before the ending of the first act

Ambitious, Cliched, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You like Ewan Mcgregor. Only reason to see it really. Maggie was ok too but annoying.

Don't see it if You'd rather nap at home.

Banal, Disappointing, Insipid, Slow

See it if You want to see any of these actors live.

Don't see it if You expect to be entertained.

Banal, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid, Overrated

See it if you are a die hard Stoppard fan.

Don't see it if you like relevant absorbing dramas that don't bore the pants off of you.

Banal, Excruciating, Indulgent, Intense, Slow

See it if You want a play that repeatedly hammers home one point (people suck and are unfaithful) as if you're too stupid to get it the first 10 times

Don't see it if You don't think a good cast excuses absolutely shitty material

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