“The Dixie Swim Club” has universal appeal

By Elyse Kaner
Staff Writer

Lyric Arts newest production focuses on a women’s swim team. But men will be equally entertained, according to director Kari Steinbach.

Lisa Denninger, Julie Bohn, Kristen Mathisen, Denise Martineau, and Debbie Swanson perform in Lyric Arts production of “The Dixie Swim Club”. Photo submitted

“I think there is some universal appeal for everybody,” Steinbach said. “Even though it’s about women, everyone can relate to a friend who stays in for the long hall, through thick and thin.”

Main Street Stage theater presents its newest offering “The Dixie Swim Club.” The comedy opens Jan. 13 and runs through Jan. 29.

The story centers on five women who met as 18-year-olds in college as part of a swim team. Years later, they reunite every summer for one weekend at a beach cottage on the North Carolina coast. Follow the women’s trials as they journey from the first time they reunite y at age 44 and meet yearly through the golden age of 77. Support and loyal friendship is omnipresent throughout.

Get an up-close insight into these eccentric Dixie Club women as they dish on marriage, careers, parenting and death, a journey of changing hair colors and spouses, Steinbach said in a video on Lyric Arts website.

Lyric Arts Main Street Stage presents
“The Dixie Swim Club”
directed by Kari Steinbach
Jan. 13 – Jan. 29, opening night gala
Tickets $10-$21
420 East Main St., Anoka
For more info visit www.lyricarts.org
or call the box office at 763-422-1838

The show has both its poignant and funny moments, Steinbach said in a follow-up interview. For example, when Lexie tells the self-deprecating Vernadette: “Your life is just one big country-western song.”

“Yah, and the hits just keep on coming,” Vernadette says.

The play is penned by popular American playwrights Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. Wooten was a writer and producer for the “Golden Girls” TV sitcom, which ran from the mid ‘80s to early ‘90s.

Steinbach returns to Lyric Arts, where she directed the first act of Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite” a few years ago.

She has directed at such venues as Northwestern College, Lakeshore Players in White Bear Lake, Bedlam Theatre in Minneapolis and St. Anthony Community Theater.

The show promises to have special appeal for women. But men will like it as well, Steinbach said.

“The guys are going to see this and laugh,” she said.

Elyse Kaner is at [email protected]

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