Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Dixie Swim Club
Coal Creek Theatre of Louisville: 5/2 – 5/17

     “The Dixie Swim Club” is a hilarious and sometimes touching play that reminds us of the resilience of friendship. It presents us with five women that were teammates on their high school swim team who created such a strong bond that they stayed in touch all through their adult lives. They meet every summer to spend time, have fun and swim.
     Playwrights Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten delineate the characters beautifully. The expanded awareness we get of these women as they meet each summer includes all of their year’s trauma/drama seen through the lens of great good humor. There are some outrageously funny zingers that pepper the script and Director Nita Froelich has done a great job casting and pacing the piece.
     Led by Denver favorite Michelle Grimes in the role of Vernadette, the cast includes Lisa Lowrey(Dinah), Chris Pash(Sheree) and Jillian Price(Lexie) - three fine new (to this reviewer) actors who one hopes to see again soon.  Linda Button, who has been WAY too long absent from the stage, plays Jeri, an ex-nun who goes from celibacy to pregnancy in a very short time. It’s been quite a while since we’ve had the pleasure of seeing this artist onstage, and her performance is a complete delight.
     Costume designer Jackie Tisinai has outfitted these ladies in wonderfully character-defining outfits.  Some of the ones created for Ms. Button are outrageously funny!
    The space is comfortable and intimate and it’s just a short jaunt up to Louisville for a thoroughly enjoyable evening of theatre.Marlowe's Musings

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