Warm Enough for Swimming

Theater, Drama
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Warm Enough for Swimming
Photograph: Hunter Canning
Warm Enough for Swimming

A lot happens in an Atlantic City living room the day after Grandma dies in Maggie Cino’s one-act, four-person play. An award winner at the 2012 Fringe, Cino has a gift for natural dialogue, and the actors deliver convincing, funny and sometimes touching portrayals of the play's characters: an ethically confused, newly wed banker (who is also newly unemployed, thanks to his naive whistle-blowing); his bride, whose daddy is a manipulative Madoffian scoundrel; his kid sister, who’s taken care of Granny since Mom wandered into the ocean when they were kids and who can’t face some ugly truths about the recently deceased; and thrown in mostly for comic relief, the sister’s boyfriend, a sleazy-hunky flunky for the Russian mob. Though most of the play's action is described rather than shown, the scene transitions verge on farce as the four enter and exit in perfectly timed coincidences, and an immoral amount of freshly brewed coffee gets thrown out as a mildly funny running gag. Expanding the play to two acts might allow more breathing room for all this coming and going, and more time for Cino's central concerns to percolate.—Stephen de Francesco

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