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

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.

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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.

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"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

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Cliched, Slow

See it if you like small stage productions...

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

Dizzying, Excruciating, Dated

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

Insightful, Absorbing, 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.

Absorbing, Entertaining

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.

Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Confusing

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

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

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, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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.

Intelligent, Quirky, Great writing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you admire the play and have wanted to see a production, are interested in a period take on topical subject matter.

Don't see it if you are bored by unit set / straightforward period productions, want a consistently strong cast, dislike plays centered around women.

Also It's great to see this play getting a solid, if workman-like productio... Read more Read less

Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if well acted, relevant play; enjoyable

Don't see it if you are not open minded

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

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.

Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

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

Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

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.

Funny, Cliched, Entertaining, Good acting

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.

Funny, Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant

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

Funny, Ambitious, Edgy, Resonant, Disappointing

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

Delightful, Dated, Entertaining

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.

Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

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

Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant, Entertaining

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.

Delightful, Banal, Confusing, Cliched, 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.

Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

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.

Raunchy, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Dated

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

Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining, 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.

Relevant, Confusing, Great staging

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

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, 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!

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