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A brilliant - sometimes hilarious - study of human relationships framed by the age-old battle between tradition and youthful rebellion, Mahesh Dattani's Dance Like a Man has been hailed as one of the best works of the dramatic imagination in recent times.

Jairaj and his wife Ratna - aging Bharatnatyam dancers - are focused on their daughter Lata's upcoming performance at a high-profile dance festival. Meanwhile, Lata nervously awaits the meeting between her parents and the man she wishes to marry. 


In the conversations that follow, fissures in Jairaj and Ratna's relationship explode into high-strung battles, stemming back to their own youth. The younger couple has their own issues to contend with, as Lata attempts to balance her ambitions with those of her parents.


Is the older generation always right? Is the younger generation always rebellious?


Do we all become our parents?

"If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don't have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. The arts are no way to make a living."

-- Kurt Vonnegut

Tickets & Showtimes


July 24th - Aug 9th, 2015

Thursdays at  7:30PM
Fridays     at  7:30PM
Saturdays at  7:30PM
Sundays   at  2:00PM


ACT Theatre
700 Union St, Seattle, WA.


General admission: $15
Pratidhwani/TPS members: $10
Students/Seniors: $10

Cast & Crew


"Dance Like A Man : An Indian family’s intricate relations on stage"

Read review by Misha Berson, Seattle Times

"Dance Like A Man — Not so much dance, but rather, drama"

Read review by Andrew Hamlin, Northwest Asian Weekly

"Brilliant 'Dance Like a Man' gives us a real taste of India."

Read review by Miryam Gordon, Miryam's Theatre Musings

"Dance Like A Man : An Indian family’s intricate relations on stage"

Read review by Roxanne Roy, International Examiner

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