The Real Thing. American Airlines Theatre (see Broadway). By Tom Stoppard. Directed by Sam Gold. With Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Cynthia Nixon, Josh Hamilton. Running time: 2hrs 15mins. One intermission. The Real Thing: In brief Fidelity, love, fiction, passion, authenticity-these are just a few of the juicy issues running around Tom Stoppard's masterful 1982 marital drama.