‘Dancing Lessons’ waltzes into Riverside Theatre

Dancing Lessons

Riverside Theatre — opens Fri., Apr. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

'Dancing Lessons' at Riverside Theatre
Heather Chrisler and Sam Osheroff in ‘Dancing Lessons,’ opening Friday. — photo by Riverside Theatre

Riverside Theatre wraps up its 35th season with Mark St. Germain’s 2014 play Dancing Lessons. The play, which centers on a man with Asperger syndrome, opens today, Apr. 1 — fittingly, the start to Autism Awareness Month.

Sam Osheroff, who took over as Artistic Director at Riverside this season, turns his talents onstage with his turn as Ever, a scientist with autism spectrum disorder who seeks to alleviate his concern about an upcoming awards dinner by taking dancing lessons from Senga (Heather Chrisler), a Broadway dancer facing a possible early end to her own career. The production is directed by Angie Toomsen, fresh off her success with Next to Normal at Theatre Cedar Rapids.

Dancing Lessons runs through Apr. 17 with shows on Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. There is an additional 3 p.m. show on Saturday, Apr. 9. The Sunday, Apr. 3 & 10 shows will be followed by talkbacks. Tickets are $12–30.

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