Sam Mendes And Kate Winslet

Hollywood star Kate Winslet's hubby Sam Mendes is being slammed with very bad criticism in a new tell-all book by a Broadway legend - slamming his theatre work. Tony-winning playwright Arthur Laurents lashes out at Mendes for his 2003 Broadway revival of Gypsy, starring Bernadette Peters. Laurents writes in his new memoir, Mainly on Directing: "’Surprised’ was not the word for my reaction to what Sam Mendes did. ‘Surprised’ is a happy word." The star also criticises Mendes’ involvement in the New York Theatre Workshop production of Wiseguys: "Its second act was unfinished, and its director had come straight from editing his first film - American Beauty, without time to digest the material. Why they went ahead then is a mystery."