A two-time Tony Award winner, this intellectually and emotionally engaging backstage comedy portrays an articulate and romantically idealistic playwright, Henry, whose second wife, Annie, is trying to merge worthy causes with her art as an actress. She has met a "political prisoner" named Brodie, jailed for radical thuggery, who has written an inept play about how property is theft and how the state stifles the rights of the individual. Annie wants Henry to make Brodie's play work theatrically, which he does after much soul searching. While this hilariously transpires, Henry's concepts of love, marriage and fidelity are tested as surely as his writing skills.
The London Telegraph says "The Real Thing is a play that glows with love's warmth and burns with love's pain."