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COM Community Theatre
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Crime Drama Performed By COM Community Theatre
Welcome to the Carney Hook Marina Motel, where four low-life criminals are cooking up the heist of a lifetime. It's summer 1984 and Eddie has the perfect plan to steal two million dollars off a boat in the Chesapeake Bay – now he just needs the perfect crew to pull it off. But when these 'usual suspects' collide with three tough and sultry broads, the course to a fortune is threatened by more than bad weather.
The most noticeable feature of “
The Lady Swims Today”
is the stunning set created by designer Tom King. It truly captures the feel of the bar of the down-on-its-luck Carney Hook Marina Motel and provides an excellent backdrop to showcase the locals: George (Roger Stallings), the bartender; Harley (Barnabas Nemec), a dockworker and wannabe piano player; and Mal (Alan Hall), a former contraband runner who is trying to make a respectable living running the motel with his wife, Beverly (Sandi Morgan). George and Harley seem to fit the bar perfectly, a little worn and a bit seedy. Mal and Beverly fit in a little less; they’re the dressed up version of what the bar could be. There are also three outsiders at the motel: Joyce Stevens (Amber Bennett), Beverly’s old friend, now a reporter; Alice (Rebekah Stevens), Harley’s ‘dancer’ girlfriend; and the most out of his element, Eddie Hejazi (Cliff Mabry), the midlevel hood who is looking for some payback. This payback involves piracy and could net more than $2 million. But for it to work, he needs help.
“The Lady Swims Today”
is a fun ride, slowly unfolding, unveiling complication after complication as it builds towards its conclusion. Director Mark Adams does an excellent job with the pacing, maintaining a coiled tension in most of the scenes that drives the action to a number of explosive moments, the best of which feature Eddie and Joyce. With an engrossing story, excellent acting, and deft direction, “
The Lady Swims Today”
is an impressive thriller that is sure to entertain.
COM Community Theatre presents H.G. Brown’s “The Lady Swims Today,” now through April 17. For more information or tickets visit
or call 409-933-8345.
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