The sharing of laughter and heartbreak are qualities of true friendships and of seeing The Dixie Swim Club. Though high in estrogen, The Dixie Swim Club is enjoyable for men and women alike, as it follows five southern belles who reunite for a weekend every summer at a cottage on the beach to rekindle their friendship. They all first met while members of the college swim team. The touching comedy which highlights the joys of never ending relationships will fill the La Comedia stage through March 3.
The show includes four of the women’s weekends together and spans over a period of 33 years. They support each other through divorces, family strife, health scares and all other types of life’s twists and turns. Each woman brings their own distinct personality to the group, eliminating the possibility of ever having a dull moment.
The organizer of the group is Sheree (Cheryl Salzman), who often serves as the voice of reason amidst all the chaos. Her healthy snacks might not be very appetizing, but Sheree serves up some tasty one-liners. More of a free spirit, Lexie (Karie-Lee Sutherland) tries to fight off aging by getting a number of nips, tucks and other procedures done, but can’t overcome her self-centered attitude. Her tears from the latest in a string of divorces aren’t dried, before she begins the pursuit of the next victim…err man.
A former nun, Jeri Neal (Sue Combs) arrives with a big surprise in the first act and delivers bundles of joy throughout the rest of the show. And Vernette (Leslie Jo Bissett) is prone to injury from freak accidents, but always manages to see the bright side of things. Last but not least is Dinah (Linda Dew), a high powered attorney whose married to her work and has a fondness for mixed drinks.
Each role is played to perfection, and the women age gracefully. Through all the changes in their life, the one constant is their friendship. Rare for La Comedia, The Dixie Swim Club is a straight play rather than a musical, but the cast is so in tune with each other that the music isn’t even missed.
Lifelong friendships are a gift to cherish, as is the opportunity to see The Dixie Swim Club, which continues until March 3. Before every show, is La Comedia’s delicious gourmet buffet featuring chef-carved meats and favorites like their famous sweet potato soufflé.
Adult tickets range in price from $55 - $71. An “Early Bird” discount of $4/ticket applies to January performances. Call (937) 746-4554 or 1 (800) 677-9505 or visit www.lacomedia.com for tickets.