Friday, June 28, 2019

reviews - THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB - Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre

Lisa Farrell, Stephanie Vlasich, Rachel Brumfield, CJ Boston, and Virginia Olivieri
Photo by Wade Moran
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through August 4.

"The writing trio of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten have crafted more 20 comedies that feature small-town characters with big personalities. One of their most popular plays is The Dixie Swim Club, which is receiving a beautiful production at Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre. With confident direction, this production gets big laughs from the humorous dialogue and has a great cast that might also get you to shed a few tears from the heartfelt, emotional situations in a fairly realistic story that beautifully portrays how friendships endure....There isn't a weak link in the cast, with each, under KatiBelle Collins' clear direction, beautifully depicting both the strengths and weaknesses of these identifiable women in portrayals that never falter and are entirely credible. You also instantly believe the five actresses have been friends for over 20 years...When you have a superb cast and confident direction, as in Desert Stages' wonderful production, it doesn't matter if The Dixie Swim Club may not be that original and the characters and situations may seem familiar. Seeing these five excellent actresses depict the lifelong friendships of these five close women will have you laughing and crying as they swim through the ups and downs of life." -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"...With a brightly lit and hugely effective beach cottage set designed by the play’s director and Rick Sandler, the smaller setting of the company’s Actor’s Café is put to excellent use, creating the illusion of more space than is often depicted. The challenge for Desert Stages is always to choose a play that works in the given forum. The Dixie Swim Club was never Broadway-bound, but as regional theatre with sit-com sensibilities, presented in this enjoyably lively Actor’s Café production with this cast, each of whom seems just right for the character type they portray, director Collins has delivered a perfect fit." -David Appleford, Valley Screen and Stage (click here to read the complete review)

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