THREE YEAR SWIM CLUB (EAST WEST PLAYERS RE-MOUNTING): 85% – SWEET

Blake Kushi, top, trains his team, Chris Takemoto-Gentile, Mapuana Makia, Kelsey Chock and Jared Asato in “Three Year Swim Club” at the David Henry Hwang Theatre. Credit: Michael Lamont.

SWEET
All of these elements come together to warm your heart so powerfully that you may feel it has vacationed in Maui.
Margaret Gray – LA Times

SWEET
Still, there’s something particularly special about the theatricality of East West Players’ delightful live staging. As both history lesson and losers-turned-winners tale, Three Year Swim Club works quite niftily indeed.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA

BITTERSWEET
Because of the villainless story, it was difficult for me to be satisfied with anything short of an Olympic Gold medal, though the play’s message is to be a champion in life. The push-and-pull of having to fight an antagonist can make the smallest win a victory.
Ken Choy – Wide Lantern

SWEET
The real star of the play is the hula dancing though. The director, Keo Woolford, said he jumped at the chance to direct because he (who is also a hula dancer) loved the concept of metaphorically representing the action of swimming through hula. The result is beautiful.
Claire Pires – Blogdowntown

BITTERSWEET
Ultimately, the heart-felt performances in Three Year Swim Club honored the real-life story more than the script could.
Tony Frankel & Jeanne Hartman – Stage and Cinema

SWEET
It’s one of those feel-good sports tales that tugs at the heart, even though it’s somewhat predictable.
Lovell Estell III – LA Weekly

SWEET
Directed with a gentle hand by Keo Woolford and starring a likable Hawaiian native ensemble, Three Year Swim Club succeeds because it doesn’t try to be more than it is — a predictable, uplifting morality tale about teamwork and perseverance.
Jeff Favre – LA Downtown News

SWEET
Lively and full of personality, this one is well worth seeing.
Mia Nakaji Monnier – Rafu Shimpo

BITTERSWEET
Three Year Swim Club by Lee Tonouchi is a bundle of good intentions that attempts to achieve that feel-good bliss that Disney sports movies strive for. And while it is successful on many levels, ultimately it’s hard to generate enough stand-up-and-cheer gleefullness when the main thing to cheer for can’t be portrayed on stage.
Kevin P. Taft – Frontiers

SWEET
This heart–warming tale lingers long after it’s over. This was Three Year Swim Club one of my most memorable experiences at this theatre.
Robert Machray – Stagehappenings

THREE YEAR SWIM CLUB
East West Players
David Henry Hwang Theater
120 N. Judge John Aiso St., L.A.
Fri.-Sat., 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m.; through Aug. 19, 2012
Tickets: $26 to $36; (213) 625-7000
Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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