Curtain Calls by Sally Hogarty

By Sally Hogarty
East Bay Times, October 14, 2018

A fish out-of-water? An odd-couple romance or a compassionate, understanding-autism homily? In the end, Mark St. Germain’s “Dancing Lessons” blends all three as a professor with Asperger’s asks a Broadway dancer with a potentially career-ending injury to teach him a partner dance. Center Rep presents the intricate work Oct. 19 through Nov. 17 at the Lesher Center, 1601 Civic Drive. For tickets, call 925-943-SHOW or go to

“Mark St. Germain uses a seemingly intractable opposition of character to explore, with great humor and heart, the essential human need to reach out to each other, literally and figuratively,” says Center Rep Artistic Director Michael Butler.

Directing “Dancing Lessons” is Bay Area legend Joy Carlin with actors Craig Marker and Sharon Rietkerk portraying the scientist and dancer. “Joy has this very keen intelligence that zeros in on the essence of a scene, a character, a relationship. I’m thrilled to have her directing here for us,” Butler adds.