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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 4 2017

Setting aside the question whether genius can be taught, or whether writing fiction is the kind of thing that one should pay $2,500 a week to learn how to do passably, Leonard (Robert Koon), the writing instructor in Theresa Rebeck’s one-act comedy, is a creep and a charlatan. Nevertheless his students—four impressionable tyros with varying degrees of skill, charm, and audacity—believe that their success as artists hinges on Leonard’s approval and advice. And he's a great one for hurling unread pages across the carpet after a bad first sentence and for bedding female students. What humor there is here comes almost entirely at the expense of a process, the “seminar,” and its attendant way of thinking about art and artists, which is made to seem transparently exploitative and grotesque. —Max Maller

Price: $25, $10 students

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