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Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

From 47 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Funny, Clever

About the show

Set in a West Texas town in the mid 1970s, Ed Gracyzk's play celebrates the power of friendship and acceptance to overcome even the darkest moments in our lives. More…

It's the 20 year reunion of the James Dean fan club, and the anniversary of the film, 'Giant.' Mona brings everyone home, including an unexpected visitor, to the Five and Dime that she has lived her life in, and together these women face their demons and some home truths in the hot Texas sun.


Member Reviews (47)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Funny, Clever
78
Avg Score

86
Great writing, Entertaining, Relevant, Absorbing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a well written show, maybe not all great actors but pretty good, together with the clever staging makes for a great evening.

Don't see it if You’ll be disappointed if every roles not performed to perfection. Overall, cast is a bit uneven but does great job. Surprisingly relevant.

85
Absorbing, Insightful, Clever, Intelligent, Emotional

See it if Characters lie to themselves when the truth is too hard to reconcile with social norms. Consequences ensue. Good use of older/younger selves

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in the pain caused by rigid social norms in 1950s Texas. You don’t enjoy stories that jump back and forth in time.

78
Disappointing, Funny, Resonant, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if Gracyzk's elegy to Southern small towns & James Dean myths has a few suprises despite heavy soap opera dramatics Evocative set/soundscape

Don't see it if Soler gets several good performances (esp Chris Clark) & keeps action fluid but can't overcome play's hyperbolics Forward looking LGBT theme

81
Thought-provoking, Clever, Relevant, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you want to see a talented cast bring this great story back to the stage in a small house where you can enjoy all the action.

Don't see it if you are not supportive of the many shades of gender experienced by people in the past and today.

84
Relevant, Intelligent, Funny, Absorbing, Intense

See it if a solid ensemble piece with humor and intelligence that engages on many levels. What happens to childhood dreams allowed to group up?

Don't see it if small town life and confused youth distress you. Issues include bullying, poor parenting, loneliness, homophobia, gay baiting, lost dreams

75
Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like a story about how the past affects the future. A group of women/men meet later on but their past literally comes back to haunt them

Don't see it if you didn't like the original production.

19
Dated, Dizzying, Excruciating

See it if You want to see a play that was ahead of its time when it first premiered

Don't see it if You are looking for a classic play that is still relevant today

Also There were some major casting issues with this play. I’m not sure why ... Read more Read less

84
Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You are a Jimmy Dean fan or enjoy well told friendship stories about a group of small town friends, which span several generations.

Don't see it if If you are sentive with stories about bulling, sexuality and identity Issues.

88
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a play about a Jimmy Dean obsession and how some friends dealt with it when they were young and older.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a play that took place during that time period.

Also The cast were amazing. I thought it was quite amazing that the younger... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Well-staged, Unbalanced ensemble, Funny / edgy, Relevant / resonant

See it if you saw the movie (or not). It's still an absorbing, funny, hokey, edgy script (WAY ahead of its time). Good cast, just somewhat unbalanced.

Don't see it if you can't handle EVERY character reminiscing whining arguing teasing kvetching fighting then making-up for 2+ hours. You can! It's worth it!

Also Lynnsey Lewis (young Mona) is excellent.... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if If you great stories told in an intimate space by wonderful actors on stage.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy issue oriented play that focus on gender options and issues.

75
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You enjoy a fun, light morality play. Not preachy, just makes the point about how self-delusion leaves your life broken.

Don't see it if If the miscasting/poor casting of one of the protagonists can ruin a show for you.

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant, Dated

See it if You would like to see a group of talented actors transport you back to the 50's and 70's in a well directed restaging of a classic story.

Don't see it if Displays of biases and prejudices turn you off

79
Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful, Funny, Great writing

See it if Well directed revival of classic play in spirit of Steel Magnolias meets True Confessions by terrific ensemble

Don't see it if You don’t like southern fried drama (with capital D) or don’t like womens ensembles or issues about sexual identity

80
Great staging, Relevant, Confusing

See it if You love good theater. The cast was great and the set excellent. This play is still relevant to gender issues but strains credibility

Don't see it if you don't like having your credibility stretched too far - these characters have the largest capacity for self delusion ever.

79
Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Delightful, Dated

See it if The premise of two icons and a fan club intrigues you.

Don't see it if You like plays with linear plots and direction.

69
Cliched, Slow

See it if you like small stage productions...

Don't see it if you don't like plays about bullying and homophobia...

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You enjoy 1950's era with great acting & staging. Refreshing & funny. Friends reveal secrets at a reunion that blow each other's socks off.

Don't see it if If you have issues with gays and transgenders

Also I loved it and the intimate venue. The music of Del Shannon, the Ronet... Read more Read less

64
Delightful, Entertaining, Dated

See it if Emerging from the mid 70s, the play holds up well, despite the ending where everyone gets closure of some sorts. The acting is passable.

Don't see it if Texan women are standing around and bitching about the heat and life while being devoted fans to James Dean.

75
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if well acted, relevant play; enjoyable

Don't see it if you are not open minded

85
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy plays which challenge gender norms and would like to see a great staging of a story told before on stage and film.

Don't see it if Sexual differences put you off or you have trouble following stories told in retrospect.

75
Good acting, Entertaining, Cliched, Funny

See it if It's that Southern gals thing: lifelong friends, a stranger upsets the balance and deep secrets are revealed. Good ensemble.

Don't see it if you're looking for fresh insights into human behavior. Or you have a low tolerance for stereotypes.

69
Dated, Confusing, Raunchy, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you want a glimpse back in time about a small town with a connection to the legendary James Dean

Don't see it if you are easily confused and can't follow the dialogue closely that takes place in a simple but realistic set

79
Ambitious, Entertaining, Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if IF a good cast exploring a good story makes your night then you are in for a treat, well acted and presented.

Don't see it if If you prefer fluffier entertainment or big productions you should probably pass this one up

95
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to watch an intriguing story, good acting and a surprise ending.

Don't see it if You don't like listening to a southern drawl for 2 hrs.


November 4th, 2017
"The script wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. There were a few funny moments and the plot became slightly more interesting during the second half, but overall, I found it to be a mediocre and somewhat dated story which relies too heavily on the appeal of the celebrity figure around whom the plot revo...
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