Fintan O’Toole, The New York Daily News
" . . . Stephen Dillane as Henry and Jennifer Ehle as Annie are a playwright's dream. Dillane strikes a skillful balance between Henry's arrogance, sarcasm and impatience on the one hand and his yearning for love on the other . . ."
Charles Isherwood, Variety
" . . . But most welcome of all are Stephen Dillane and Jennifer Ehle, two English actors who are making terrific Broadway debuts in David Leveaux’s intentionally muted, intensely thoughtful production of Stoppard’s brilliant dissection of various truths and illusions of love and romance. . ."
Donald Lyons, The New York Post
" . . . Dillane is hilarious and wrenchingly touching as the man who learns to blend his writing skills and his emotional life. Ehle achieves subtlety and sense as a woman who mixes art and life. . . ."
LONDON THEATRE NEWS reports:
48th Annual Variety Club Showbusiness Awards 2000
The awards, with winners selected by a panel of showbusiness and entertainment professionals, honoured outstanding achievement in 1999 in the following categories.
From the world of the stage, Jennifer Ehle and Stephen Dillane accepted the awards for Stage Actress and Actor for their work in Tom Stoppard's play The Real Thing. Stephen Dillane paid tribute to Tom Stoppard, saying "It's a play that is actor proof - we can just turn up and get the words in the right order!"
From the New York Times:
Theater Notes: `Real Thing' Returns. Really.
By JESSE McKINLEY
"The Real Thing ," Tom Stoppard's shimmering exploration of love and betrayal, is confirmed for Broadway in the spring. The play, which finished a critically acclaimed run last summer at the Donmar Warehouse in London, will open on the West End in January, before transferring to the Belasco Theater in mid-April.
The production is to include at least four actors from the Donmar version in principal roles, including Stephen Dillane and Jennifer Ehle as Henry and Annie, an English playwright and his lover, roles played by Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close during the play's 1984 Broadway run.
Both Dillane and Ms. Ehle received immaculate reviews in London, as did David Leveaux, the director, who also staged last year's Broadway revival of "Electra."
Stoppard said the Donmar production had a more intimate feel from the play's showier incarnation on Broadway. "The Donmar is more on the scale of an Off Broadway house," he said, speaking from London, "and I think this production took its characteristics from that."
That includes Dillane's performance, which Stoppard said had "such integrity as to scare the life out of an author."