BY CHRISTINE DOLEN, CDOLEN@MIAMIHERALD.COM
At their first meeting, minister’s widow Lily Harrison and ex-chorus boy Michael Minetti are like oil and water.
She’s a proper Southern woman so cautious about those who prey on the elderly that she pretends her husband is still alive. He’s a flamboyant guy with no filter between his brain and his sometimes-temperamental potty mouth. Theirs is a business relationship — she has hired him to give her dance lessons — that slowly evolves into a friendship that has nothing to do with dancing, everything to do with loneliness and the need for connection.
Richard Alfieri’s Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeksis the simplest of plays, a poignant if somewhat flawed two-character comedy that tracks the evolution of that unlikely friendship over seven scenes. It was produced at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in 2003, with ex- Golden Girls star Rue McClanahan as Lily and former Star Wars hero Mark Hamill as Michael. But as the new Dan Kelley-directed production at the Miami Beach Stage Door Theatre demonstrates, Six Dance Lessons doesn’t need stars to connect with an audience.
IF YOU GO
What: ‘Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks’ by Richard Alfieri
Where: Miami Beach Stage Door Theatre at the Byron Carlisle, 500 71st St., Miami Beach
When: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, through May 20
INFO: 305-397-8977, www.miamibeachstage.com