Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Dixie Swim Club, the Play at La Comedia


Friends and Tom and I saw The Dixie Swim Club at  La Comedia Dinner Theatre Sunday matinee in Springboro, Ohio. Tom and I had seen the play presented by the Mariemont Players at their theater in the Cincinnati area a couple years ago when Gretchen, our daughter-in-law, played the part of Sheree. We thoroughly enjoyed the play then so when we saw that it was being offered at La Comedia we decided to see it again.

The Dixie Swim Club is a newer play.  Its world premiere was at The Playhouse of Wilson at The Edna Boykin Center in Wilson, North Carolina on September 21, 2007.

The action takes place in a summer cottage where the members of a winning college swim club meet every summer. The four scenes range from twenty-two years after graduation to forty-five years after graduation. Each of the five women has a unique personality and life style. What holds them together is the friendship they developed during their college years on the swim team.

If you like laugh out loud funny this is the play for you, but, if you watch for it there is a poignancy to it as well.

In the Mariemont Players's version, the focus was on the poignancy of the five women getting together every summer for a week on the Outer Banks. In the La Comedia version the play was treated a bit more like a farce. Either way, the play is an enjoyable experience. If you live in the Dayton-Cincinnati area, I hope you see the play.  March 3 is the last performance. 

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