Thursday, June 30, 2011

'Six Dance Lessons' steps over to Stage Door Players

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 2:59 PM

SHALL WE DANCE? Robert Egizio and Jackie Prucha
Stage Door Players gets on its toes with its remount of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, running July 14-Aug. 7. Stage Door artistic director Robert Egizio relocates Georgia Ensemble Theatre's 2008 production of the two-actor dramedy, which stars Egizio as gay dance instructor Michael Minetti opposite Jackie Prucha as the elderly wife of a Baptist minister. Georgia Ensemble Theatre director Robert J. Farley, who directed the previous version, also helms the new one as it moves from Roswell to Dunwoody. I reviewed their original production of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks in January of 2008:

Showing expert comic timing, Prucha and Egizio prove to be nimble on their feet, but Richard Alfieri's script keeps them boxed in. The title is nearly a misnomer; although the action takes place at Lily's condo in St. Petersburg Beach, Fla., during the appointed lessons, the pair spends most of its time in cycles of bickering and bonding rather than practicing the tango or the waltz. A gay former "chorus boy" from New York City, Michael generates most of the friction with his hot temper and assumption that Lily, the wife of a Baptist minister, may be a bigot. Despite arguing and exposing each other's lies, the two inevitably become friends and share painful experiences from their pasts, as per the formula for comedies about mismatched pairs.

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