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