The Real Thing At Aurora Theatre Company 

If your love life feels like a fake-news house of cards, whose walls are decorated with infidelity and questionable authenticity, and is controlled by maniacal forces — the human heart, and all its fallibility — then the Aurora Theatre Company’s production of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing is, well, like the real thing. The Tony Award-winning play, which opens in previews January 27, is driven by an emotional matrix, revealed in a play-within-a-play construct. There’s playwright Henry, who is unhappily married to Charlotte. And there’s Max, an English architect character in Henry’s play, who is married to the fictitious Charlotte. The flip-flop realities offer a perfect juggling act for the deft direction of Timothy Near, who guides the production, and in 2016 also directed Aurora’s presentation of Athol Fugard’s well-regarded Master Harold … and the Boys. Expect to be moved, and motivated to order red roses for your significant other — or for yourself, should love’s fickle maneuvering exceed your grasp.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Anonymous and pseudonymous comments will be removed.

Latest in Performance Pick

Most Popular Stories

  • They See Dead People

    These Bay Area residents have spent a lot of time preparing for the zombie apocalypse.
  • What’s a Parent to Do?

    One 12-year-old son is into handcuffs. Another one would like a vibrator.
  • Oakland Roots Draw Big Crowds, Show Town Pride

    The Town’s new soccer franchise has drawn sell-out crowds to entertaining matches, crafting a new template for building a successful local franchise by embracing all things Oakland.
  • Open Wide

    I'm tired of my roomie getting fisted by strange men every day. I'm uncomfortable using a strap-on to please my husband.
  • Physical Ideals

    What if I’m not his ideal? What if she laughs at my kink? What’s wrong with dating a younger guy?

Special Reports

Holiday Guide 2018

A guide to this holiday season's gifts, outings, eats, and more.

Fall Arts 2018

Our Picks for the Best Events of the Fall Arts Season

© 2019 East Bay Express    All Rights Reserved
Powered by Foundation