MOUNT VERNON — What makes a play worth watching? If it’s a comedy, it has to make you laugh. And “The Dixie Swim Club” succeeds in doing that.
The play doesn’t sound too interesting: Five women, who were friends and members of a swim team in college, get together every year for a little reunion on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. They reminisce a little, talk about the good and bad things that have happened to them; they squabble; they poke at each other’s foibles. The play starts some 22 years after the women’s graduation and at five-year intervals, except for the final scene, which comes after a gap of another 22 years.
The authors of the play wrote some funny dialog, but it wouldn’t work if the cast didn’t deliver the lines in believable fashion and bring the characters to life with all the little things they bring to the role.
That’s one of the things that pulls you into the play. The characters are all someone you either know, are related to or have seen on television or in the movies, and the cast does an excellent job of bringing them to life.