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‘Six Dance Lessons’ Comedy Closing

November 22, 2003

NEW YORK (AP) _ ``Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks,″ a comedy starring Polly Bergen and Mark Hamill, will close Sunday on Broadway after a run of only 30 performances.

Richard Alfieri’s play about a retired Florida school teacher and her dance instructor received mostly negative reviews when it opened Oct. 29 at the Belasco Theatre. The Associated Press called the play ``innocuous″ and said it recalled ``wan Broadway comedies of years gone by, shows that inexplicably got to New York and then disappeared quickly.″ Variety described the show as ``a desiccated piece of Florida dinner-theater driftwood.″

``Six Dance Lessons″ has done meager business since opening, last week grossing only $78,728.99, and filling only 30 percent of the seats at the Belasco.

The show was further hurt by the absence of Bergen, who missed performances because of a persistent leg injury. Her standby, Kathleen Doyle, will play the remainder of the engagement.

``Six Dance Lessons″ is the third Broadway show to close within the last two weeks. ``Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All″ closed Monday, the day it opened, while ``Bobbi Boland,″ starring Farrah Fawcett, folded Nov. 9 during previews.

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