11/20/2011 12:17 pm ET

Alan Rickman In 'Seminar': The Playbill Highlights (VIDEO)

Our favorite acid-tongued professor is back!... sort of. Alan Rickman stars as an intimidating teacher in Theresa Rebeck's Broadway play, "Seminar," bringing back fond memories of his turn as another intimidating teacher, Professor Snape. The play marks Rickman's return to Broadway -- his last role was in 2002's "Private Lives," which is currently undergoing a revival starring Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross. He's been keeping busy on the stage elsewhere, though, most recently starring in Henrik Ibsen's "John Gabriel Borkman" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

In Playbill's highlights from "Seminar," Rickman retains his shtick as a fearsome-yet-droll authority figure, playing teacher to a bunch of young novelists in a writing seminar -- Jerry O'Connell ("Stand By Me"), Lily Rabe ("The Merchant of Venice), Hamish Linklater ("The New Adventures of Old Christine") and Hettienne Park ("iHo"). Teacher torture makes for riotous, sitcom-like laughter from our live studio theater audience in the highlights below.