'Dixie Swim Club' opens in Sarasota

Players Theatre stages the popular comedy about five Southern women

June 12, 2014 

According to their website, Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten are "three of America's most-produced comedic playwrights." It's hard to argue with them.

The comedies of Jones Hope Wooten, as they're collectively known, have become staples of theaters across the country, and every season brings at least one or two Jones Hope Wooten comedies to the Bradenton-Sarasota area.

Players Theatre in Sarasota kicks off its "Summer Sizzler" season this week with Jones Hope Wooten's "The Dixie Swim Club."

Like many of their other plays, including "'Til Beth Do Us Part" and "Mama Won't Drive," both of which have enjoyed successful runs in area theaters, "Dixie Swim Club" centers around Southern women. In this case, the women have been friends since they were on their college swim team. They gather for a long weekend every August, and the play catches up with them on four of their weekends over 33 years.

Reviews of other productions around the country have almost uniformly praised the play for its light-hearted and very funny look at women's relationships and Southern culture. It's been compared to "Steel Magnolias."

The Players production features Lynne Doyle, Laura Raines, Cara Herman, Julie Look and Kristi Hibschman.

Details: June 12-22, The Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Show times: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $18. Information: 941-365-2494, theplayers.org.

-- Marty Clear

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