If there ever was a play that is Critic Proof and destined to win a boatload of Tonys it is Seminar by writer Theresa Rebeck and directed Sam Gold. In the opening scene it’s clear that this show is one that anyone who has created anything can relate to. All the characters are broad cliches, but there’s an element of truth in the caricatures. Writers, critics and artists of any stripe and status can immediately recognize these people.
That whooshing sound you hear is Harry Potter zipping past Twilight for the largest single day box office take ever. That chewing sound you hear is countless critics – who proclaimed that splitting the final Harry Potter tale into two movies was a naked cash grab – eating crow. Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2 is the best movie of the summer.
No one thought that making a movie adaptation os Sweeney Todd was a good idea, though they certainly tried for a long time. Finally, the legendary Sondheim play came [or fell] into the hands of the one director who could take its stylishly macabre tale and do it justice. With playwright Stephen Sondheim performing surgery to cut the three hour play to two hours for the film [and having casting approval] the big question was whether the dynamic team of Tim Burton, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter could make movie magic with the property. In short, they could and have and we are the beneficiaries of their twisted labors!