Dancing Lessons in Review

Dancing Lessons playing now through March 6 at TheaterWorks in Hartford.

From the author of Becoming Dr. Ruth and Freud’s Last Session; starring Andrew Benator and host of TV’s Trading Spaces, Paige David by Mark St. Germain and directed by Julianne Boyd.

Dancing Lessons is a touching story about finding love in unexpected places. A contemporary play, engaging in a modern, controversial and often misunderstood developmental disorder on the Autism spectrum, Asperger’s. As a man with Asperger’s seeks the instruction of a injured Broadway dancer; their relationship unfolds; caught off-guard by surprising discoveries – both hilarious and heartwarming. With each others disabilities, these two cross paths they normally wouldn’t and their lives are changed forever because of it.

Largest two act ensemble I’ve ever seen; cultivating dreams loss by injury, a softer look at the stark world of autism through laughter; so real, its scary and so funny I nearly peed my pants and the gentle reminder that dreams are everything.

After the show I had a brief chance to meet with Mark St. Germain who explained to me how he learned his role. He mostly studied the developmental disorder on his own. He found so much information out there on it and was able to master some of the common traits seamlessly on stage.

TheaterWorks produces high quality, contemporary theater that is relevant to audiences, engages a diverse community, and provides insight into the human experience. Founded in 1985 by Steve Campo, TheaterWorks has produced over 130 plays and presents approximately 225 performances per season. TheaterWorks also owns and manages the historic 1927-built property at 233 Pearl Street, known as City Arts on Pearl. City Arts also provides an affordable home and services to a diverse family of non-profit arts organizations.

Even if every show at TheaterWorks sold out, ticket sales would only cover a portion of their expenses. As a non-profit organization they need community support to do all the good things they have been doing.

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