Tuesday, January 5, 2016

An injured dancer and a man with Asperger's make for an odd couple in 'Dancing Lessons' at Orlando Shakes

Posted By on Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 10:16 AM

click to enlarge LUKE EVANS
  • Luke Evans
Playwright Mark St. Germain seems to be fascinated by the human brain in all its quirkiness. His plays Freud’s Last Session and Becoming Dr. Ruth have psychologists as protagonists, but in his latest play, it’s more a matter of observing psychological disorder in process. When an awkward Aspie approaches his angry neighbor (a badly injured dancer) for dance lessons, both experience a wide range of human emotion: embarrassment, bitterness, fear, amusement and eventually affection. This production of Dancing Lessons stars Steven Lane (The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Into the Woods) and Ginger Lee McDermott (Bad Dog) as the mismatched pair, and it’s the Orlando Shakes directorial debut for Cynthia White, OST’s director of new play development.

Opens 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6 | through Feb. 7 | Orlando Shakespeare Theater, 812 E. Rollins St. | 407-447-1700 | orlandoshakes.org | $21-$46

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