While you may feel smarter by reading Seminar, Teresa Rebeck takes interesting concepts and mashes them together. Cheers for creating a character I wanted to literally strangle. I would not be surprised if at live productions, audience members have attempted to fight the character of Leonard by leaping onstage. The character is described as fierce and brilliant, but his dialogue really does not reflect those attributes at all. The one character that I even remotely had good feelings for was Martin, and he was seen by the other characters as an ass hole!
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John Golden Theater, W. At first I thought these rushes to judgment were satiric, comments on a culture of short attention spans and instant opinions. And it is kind of funny when the magisterial Leonard, Mr. It is also a pleasure to hear Mr.
And if they seem a tad overhasty in reacting to the works of others, it is only for reasons of dramatic expediency. Full of efficiently mapped reversals and revelations, the play feels as if it were written according to some literary equivalent of a mileage-saving GPS device. Rabe , whose family owns the apartment; the well-connected, preppyish Douglas Mr. Linklater and the lubricious, opportunistic Izzy Ms.
And each of course is pretentious in his or her own preordained way. But even Mr. And it provides some familiar sitcomish shtick as comfortable padding. Video courtesy of the production. And Ms. Linklater give real comic substance to skeletal parts. Finally there comes a turning point, about an hour and 15 minutes into the show, when Mr. Rickman is allowed to embody something more than brisk intellectual sadism. Handed a really good piece of writing by one of his students, Leonard responds with a quietly potent mix of antagonism, humility, fear and something like joy.
Rickman, is arrived at after Leonard has only glanced at the first couple of pages of a vast manuscript. But for the first time I felt an authentic rush of pleasure and the exhilaration of being reminded that in theater, art comes less from landing lines than in finding what lies between them.
Hart Jr. Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes.
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