Back row, left to right...Julie Zalar (Dinah), Jennifer Kaufman (JeriNeal), Kari Carter-Terpstra (Lexie), and Jessica Suba (Sheree). In front...Beth Shrake (Vernadette)
These actresses were happy when I took their photo. Five minutes earlier, they had received a standing ovation for their acting in the play, The Dixie Swim Club written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten.. The play was directed by Cathie Melvin.
The four scenes in the play take the characters from their forties almost to their seventies, as they continue their tradition of meeting for a week each year in the same cottage at the beach.
The Dixie Swim Club is my favorite of the newer plays that I have seen. This was the third time I have seen it. Each group presented it in a unique way. That is one of the interesting aspects of The Dixie Swim Club. There is latitude in its lines which allows for for multiple interpretations even though the lines don't change. Depending on how the play is presented it can be anything from extremely funny and frivolous to humorous but deeply sensitive.
Whichever way it is acted, I like it best when all five women are equally strong in their acting ability. This is the second time I have seen the play when this has been true. Part of the play's zip comes from the characters' comments bouncing back and forth bringing out the contrasting personalities.