by Paula Citron
Dirty Dancing is an entertaining show despite its limp script, sappy dialogue and questionable acting. The heroes of this production are the choreographers, designers, and the formidable dancers of the ensemble. This show is not only gorgeous to look at, it boasts some of the best dancing in living memory.
Released as a small American indie film in 1987, Dirty Dancing has gone on to become a cult classic. The Toronto production of the stage version is the North American premiere.
The story, set in 1963, is about lovers from opposite sides of the tracks. At a resort in the Catskills, teenager Frances “Baby” Houseman meets dance instructor Johnny Castle and complications set in. Writer Eleanor Bergstein, who wrote the original screen play, is also responsible for the stage version which is faithful to the movie, right down to the deathless dialogue.
Dirty Dancing continues at the Royal Alexandra Theatre for an indefinite run.
I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for THE NEW CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.