Daniel Fierman
June 02, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Real Thing

type
Stage
Current Status
In Season
performer
Stephen Dillane
director
David Leveaux
author
Tom Stoppard

We gave it a B+

Men and women bicker, betray, and otherwise attempt to get along in David Leveaux’s revival of Tom Stoppard’s 1982 play The Real Thing. Particularly good is Stephen Dillane as Henry — wit, word fetishist, and romantic — but Stoppard is the star, proving himself (again) a master of dizzying verbal architecture. Sadly, despite the warmth of his intentions, the play is not unlike a performance by a virtuoso pianist: technically dazzling — occasionally thrilling — but cool in its deepest heart. B+

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