City Paper is not for tourists
Like the farfetched theory about monkeys with typewriters eventually writing Shakespeare, Round House Theatre’s production of Seminar tackles an unlikely literary scenario: Can four young writers coexist in a New York City fiction class without tearing each other apart? Written by Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Theresa Rebeck and directed by Round House’s former artistic director Jerry Whiddon, Seminar combines emotional depth with biting humor to explore a toxic combination of youth, creativity, and ambition. Leading the titular seminar is Leonard, a brooding novelist who charges $5,000 a head for his advice, played in this production by Round House veteran Marty Lodge. Meanwhile, Laura C. Harris, Katie deBuys, Alexander Strain, and the aptly named Tom Story play the aspiring novelists who, in the course of the play, learn more about their romantic troubles and insecurities than they do about literature. The play runs Feb. 5 to March 2 at Round House Theatre Bethesda, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. $25–$50. (240) 644-1100. roundhousetheatre.org.