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  Three Year Swim Club at David Henry Hwang Theater

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.“THREE 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

David Henry Hwang Theater Seating Chart

  Three Year Swim Club Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
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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

"...It’s one of those feel-good sports tales that tugs at the heart, even though it’s 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, 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."
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Steven Stanley - Recommended

"...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.
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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 it’s hard to generate enough stand-up-and-cheer gleefullness when the main thing to cheer for can’t be portrayed on stage."
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Kevin P. Taft

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