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Three Year Swim Club

David Henry Hwang Theater
120 Judge John Aiso St. Los Angeles

This play is inspired by the true life story of Soichi Sakamoto, who trained the youth of Maui to swim in the plantation irrigation ditches on their path to becoming Olympic champions. Set on the island of Maui in the 1930's, this heartwarming play becomes transcendent as the art of hula becomes the metaphor for competitive swimming.ďTHREE YEAR SWIM CLUB is perfect timing in that it coincides with the 2012 Olympics. With its Hawaiian setting, the art of hula is a language all in itself telling the story through movement," says EWP Producing Artistic Director Tim Dang. "This is one of those stories that not a lot of people know about and we're proud to share with everyone. It's Hawaiian history, Olympic history, and Asian American history."

Thru - Mar 11, 2012



Price: $20-$36

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 213-625-7000

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  Review Round-Up

Los Angeles Times - Recommended

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


LA Weekly - Recommended

"...Itís one of those feel-good sports tales that tugs at the heart, even though itís somewhat predictable."
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Lovell Estell III


Stage and Cinema - Somewhat Recommended

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


Stage Scene LA - Recommended

"...Still, thereís something particularly special about the theatricality of East West Playersí delightful live staging. As both history lesson and losers-turned-winners tale, Three Year Swim Club works quite niftily indeed."
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Steven Stanley


StageHappenings.com - Recommended

"...This heartĖwarming tale lingers long after itís over. This was Three Year Swim Club one of my most memorable experiences at this theatre.
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Robert Machray


Frontiers - Somewhat Recommended

"...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 itís hard to generate enough stand-up-and-cheer gleefullness when the main thing to cheer for canít be portrayed on stage."
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Kevin P. Taft



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