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Grove Players - "The Dixie Swim Club"

Categorized as: Performing Arts & Dance
Event tags:

  • Weekly on Sunday, Friday, and Saturday
  • Starting on: May 12, 2017
  • Ending on: May 21, 2017
  • 08:00PM - 10:00PM
  • $18 for adults, and $15 for students and seniors
  • 630-415-3682
  • Event Website

Description:

Tickets are now available for "The Dixie Swim Club," featuring Director Bob Kosson. This produciton will run May 12-14 and 19-21, 2017. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., while Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. They may be purchased in person at the theater on performance nights, at Lincoln Center M-F during the day, or at Evelyn Jane Boutique, 1008 Curtiss St. in downtown Downers Grove. They can also be bought by calling 630-415-3682 or online through the Grove Players website, www.groveplayers.org.

Staying afloat through years of friendship and mutual support is one way of describing the theme of this 2007 comedy by playwrights Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten. It is directed by Bob Kosson of Brookfield. Lynda Porter of Lisle serves as assistant director, while Grove Players President Steven Merkel, along with Michael Pemberton, both of Downers Grove, are the co-producers.

The play covers the lives of five women who formed lasting friendships with each other while on their college swim team. The dialogue is extremely clever, with zinger one-liners which add to the flood of situational comedy that infuses the play. This is necessary ballast for the serious undertow of life challenges these women face, ranging from issues with children, spouses, health, careers, money, and so on. The setting is a beach house on the ocean in North Carolina, where the women have a yearly summer weekend reunion. Audiences first meet these women twenty-two years after they have graduated college, when they are around age forty-four, then after a five year-time lapse, making them close to age forty-nine. Listening in on them after another five-year time lapse reveals them at age fifty-four, while audiences have their last sighting of the group after another twenty-three years have gone by, when they are about seventy-seven years old.

The cast features Amy DeJong (Dinah ) of Downers Grove, Jude Krempler (Sheree ) of Westmont, Cheryle McKay (Lexie) of Oakbrook, Brenda Gilmore (Jeri Neal) of Plainfield and Stacy McCargo (Vernadette) of Western Springs.

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