Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Guthrie's The Real Thing Attracts Real Talent
When Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing opens on the all-new Guthrie Theatre's McGuire Proscenium Stage on August 11, it will be directed by Joe Dowling and include some exceptional acting talent including Jay Goede, Kathryn Meisle, Lee Mark Nelson and Guthrie favorite Sally Wingert. The Guthrie is located in Minneapolis, MN.
While I'm most familiar with Wingert, who has a wonderful knack for portraying uniquely idiosyncratic characters in countless Guthrie productions, Meisle possesses a sterling Broadway pedigree that includes her Tony-nominated work in Tartuffe as well as two shows on the Great White Way last season: The Constant Wife and A Touch of the Poet. Goede also has been seen many times in both New York and Minneapolis; I caught him in the tour of Cabaret in 2000 and later in A Year With Frog and Toad. He has also appeared in both Broadway installments of Angels in America.
When The Real Thing first debuted on Broadway back in 1985, it won a slew of Tony Awards, including for Best Play, Best Direction of a Play (Mike Nichols), Best Actor in a Play (Jeremy Irons), Best Actress in a Play (Glenn Close) and Best Featured Actress in a Play (Christine Baranski). And then during its Broadway revival in 2000, it continued its winning ways by receiving Tonys for Best Revival of A Play, Best Actor in a Play (Stephen Dillane) and Best Actress in a Play (Jennifer Ehle).
A critical favorite, will The Real Thing remain the real deal in Minneapolis?
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