Have you heard the one about the gay dance instructor?
Sacramento, CA 95814
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks is a mild-mannered, sweet and exactingly predictable dramedy that is pleasant without much effort. It’s a culture clash between two characters from opposite worlds that you know is going to end in a “Kumbaya” moment. This gay-meets-gray story spotlights the relationship between a brash young dance instructor who is hired by a preacher’s widow to teach her to dance at her retirement condo. There are fun, charming and sentimental moments in each of the six scenes that depict the two practicing different dances while they learn about each others’ loves and lives. However, despite nice performances by both actors, especially Becky Saunders, neither character rings true, thanks to playwright Richard Alfieri’s sitcomy plot and dialogue filled with recycled, tired jokes about seniors and gays.
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks; 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday; $15-$38. Sacramento Theatre Company on the Pollock Stage, 1419 H Street; (916) 443-6722; www.sactheatre.org. Through December 18.