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

From 1 critic and 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.

On Stage Blog

"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 revolves...The cast did a fine job at bringing these characters to life...While I wasn’t exactly a fan of the play itself, on the whole it was well-produced." Full Review

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Confusing, Clever

See it if You want to see a totally absorbing play where you really care about the characters.

Don't see it if You mind being a bit confused at the beginning of the play.

Also The play never dragged. It flew by. It was funny and sad at the same t... Read more Read less

Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like plays that are not completely linear, well acted and unique. Deals with many issues and has twists you don’t expect.

Don't see it if Want a big production, or something completely linear. Deals with deep issues for the time period.

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.

Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You enjoy great acting within a captivating drama.

Don't see it if you are looking for musical fluff.

Also The acting was on point with heart wrenching performances.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Riveting, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You want to be totally involved. If you appreciate great acting

Don't see it if You’re dependent on a lavish production

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.

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

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if Great directing, and excellent acting. Great reasons to see it. As well, a good story

Don't see it if You dislike listening to Southern dialect.

Slow, Dated, Entertaining, Layered, Nostalgic

See it if you want to see a layered story about secrets and relationships in the 1950s and 1970s in a small town in Texas.

Don't see it if you are not interested in seeing emotions and issues facing some women or transgendered people in small town south.

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

Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You ever madly in love.

Don't see it if You don’t want to support the Off-Off B’way productions.

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.

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.

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You like drama with some humor.

Don't see it if You want to see a musical or comedy

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.

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

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

Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Worth reviving, Only a little dated

See it if you like an "Oldie, but a Goodie!" Wonderful characters. Deals w Bible Belt LGBT prejudice before it was a hot topic. Very decent production

Don't see it if you're satisfied with having seen the original, definitive production on Broadway 35 years ago. Otherwise this is your chance to catch up!

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.

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

Clever, Entertaining

See it if you like well written scripts. It must have been very risqué the first time around.

Don't see it if you do not like dramas.

Also The first act was a bit tedious but after the intermission sparks flew... Read more Read less

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.

Ambitious, Intense

See it if You like serious drama with many layers that focuses on different social issues like transgender and homosexuality.

Don't see it if You're looking for fluff and lots of laughter.

Also Staged well and an involved script that demonstrates the author's tale... Read more Read less

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

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