Theatre Review: ‘Seminar’ at Actor’s Express
By Manning Harris
Theresa Rebeck’s deliciously acerbic “Seminar” is having its Atlanta debut at Actor’s Express, running through June 16. The play, directed by Freddie Ashley, closes out a very fine 25th anniversary season for the Express, for which we offer our congratulations.
If “writers are not people,” as one of the characters here asserts, then we are treated to an evening of non-persons quibbling, quarreling, making love, and doing their damndest to make art.
But art isn’t easy, as the Sondheim lyric goes, and there are four youngish writers who have paid $5000 each for a 10-week writing seminar with the querulous, crotchety Leonard (Andrew Benator), a famous novelist who now spends most of his time chronicling the “terrifying nihilism” he finds in such countries as Somalia and Rwanda. Read the whole story »