School of hard knocks

seminar-portraitWriting is not a spectator sport. Theresa Rebeck’s wryly cynical 2011 play sets out to disprove that fact by focussing on the hoopla surrounding the act of putting pen to paper, from battling personal demons to the grim pragmatism of networking and packaging art for commercial use, but Seminar is fatally weakened by the necessity of keeping the creative process it’s primarily concerned with offstage and having to rely on another inherently somniferous act – reading – during its pivotal moments.

That and the glaring lack of propulsive narrative render Terry Johnson’s amiable version of this American import effective and enjoyable industry satire, but, for the most part, terribly anaemic drama.

Read my full Bargain Theatreland review here

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