140 N. Columbus Blvd. (at Race St.)
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Irene and Greg discover each other at a weekly ballroom dance party. It's love at first sight. Irene tells him that she could never marry a man who couldn't dance. Greg makes it clear he could never be friends with a Republican. Greg can't dance. And it looks like Irene is a Republican.
Greg, who has had it with singles bars and women acting dumb to protect the frail male ego, goes to a dance academy party in search of a serious woman he can have serious conversations with and perhaps fall in love. He finds such a woman, Irene, "the most beautiful woman in the world."
She is a beautiful dancer and so obsessed with dancing that she would never date a man who wasn't a ballroom dancer. Greg is a liberal and so obsessed with politics that he could never like a Republican, let alone fall in love with one. Irene begins to fall in love with Greg, not knowing that he can't dance. Greg begins to fall in love with Irene, not knowing that she's against all the causes that liberals fight for.
Because Ballroom Dancing Ain't For Lovers is a romantic comedy, it ends happily but only after a circuitous journey through suspicion, politics, ballroom dancing, the Rocky Steps.
The show is unusual in that it takes place in a dance academy with the seats arranged around the dance floor, where the dramatic action and enticing ballroom dancing takes place. What is even more unusual about Ballroom Dancing Ain't For Lovers is that it's site specific, features actors and dancers who are all expert ballroom dancers (all but one that is) and was written by a playwright who is undoubtedly the oldest playwright in the Fringe.
Last year Ballroom Dancing Ain't For Sissies was done with mostly the same cast and in the same place. It was well received with all four performances sold out. One reviewer said Ballroom Dancing Ain't For Sissies "was -- to put it simply -- delightful."