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Ali does the theatre geek thing.

So I'm taking a little break from the movie review thing.

On Thursday, I got a free ticket to go see Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing" at the Huntington Theatre in Boston. Granted, I'm a huge Stoppard fan from the get-go (writer of "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" and "Shakespeare in Love"), but the play is incredible and definitely worth checking out... if that's your thing.

"The Real Thing" is about love, marriage, fidelity, and the deep, thought provoking messages in pop music from the 1960's. It's wordy, but the actors deliver even the most hefty monologues and rapid jokes with care. You may get lost in the dialogue at times, but it's easy to jump back in.

Fortunately, the show is palatable for even the theatre-phobic. There isn't much symbolism/pretentious theatre bullshit, and aside from a confusing first scene, it's easy enough to follow. (There are only four major characters, and an additional three minor ones.)

So, should you happen to be in the Boston area sometime between now and the 9th of October, and have the money for and interest in theatre, I give this show my stamp of approval. If not... read it or something.

"The Real Thing" page at the Huntington Theatre's website

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