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Silver Spring Stage Come Back to The Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

By • Jun 5th, 2008 • Category: Reviews

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Come Back to The Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
Silver Spring Stage
Woodmoor Shopping Center, Silver Spring, MD
$18/$15 Juniors and Seniors
Through June 22nd

Laura: This is the ShowBizRadio review of Come Back to The Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, performed by Silver Spring Stage in Silver Spring, Maryland. We saw the performance on Saturday evening, May 31, 2008.

Mike: Come Back to The Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean is a play by Ed Graczyk. It tells the story of a group of women, all members of a James Dean Fan club who meet in a small Texas in which Giant was filmed. They experience a day filled with revealed secrets and revelatory experiences.

Laura: This was a good show and I enjoyed it very much. The set was great, the acting was intense, and I enjoyed myself.

Mike: This was a very well performed show. I had a good time. I did not know what revelation was going to come out next. A lot of the characters made you become introspective. Some of the things that were revealed were pretty basic human needs and desires. They also handled the time shifting between 1975 and 1955 pretty nicely. The characters playing parts in both time frames did a good job with keeping straight where they were.

Laura: Juanita the store owner was played by Judith Lowe. In the playbill it mentions that this was her first time on stage and I give her kudos for that. She had a problem with some of her lines. I felt like she was thinking too much.

Mike: I liked her sassy no nonsense attitude. She did care for the girls and her husband. She was in touch with her feelings and was able to grow throughout the show. Mona, the president of the Jimmy Dean Fan Club, was played by Lauren Tobiason. Mona in 1955 was played by Alexandra Smith. I liked her character and I like how strong she was, even though it was a front. In this show as well as some others that we have recently seen, the characters were deluded. The fun in this show was discovering that other people knew about the delusions and helped them work through them. I think the way the layers were peeled off of Mona was well done.

Laura: Another girl in the shop, Sissy, was played by Ashley Edmiston. I think she did a pretty good job. She was pretty sassy and forthright and told it the way it was. But she did have a secret as well. The Sissy in 1955 (Eve Cox) also did a good job playing her role. She had a smaller role, she had a lot of intense feelings for Joe and wanted to protect him.

Mike: Joe was played by Alex Diehl. He was the teenager in the 1955 time frame of the show who was a good friend of Sissy and Mona’s. Slowly we were introduced to him through other characters talking about Joe back in 1955. He had to convey a lot of emotions as his first few scenes had no lines. He would simply gaze at the women and they would have to react. I could see that being a challenge as being the only male in the show and represent so many different things running through the characters minds.

Joanne was played by Natalie Tucker. She was the mysterious stranger who showed up for the Jimmy Dean anniversary party. She had a very strong presence on stage; very regal. You knew there was something going on with her just by the way she strode through the door. I liked the way she interacted one on one with the women. They all had different relationships and she treated them all differently. I liked the way that grew and by the end of the show they were all very good friends.

Laura: The last two women who were part of the Jimmy Dean reunion were Stella May played by Terry Toot and Edna Louise played by Sarah Schauffler. They were the comic relief. They delivered some of the funniest lines. They were light hearted even though they were not always sure what was going on around them. But they brought to the play a sense of lightheartedness and fun.

Mike: The entire show took place at a five and dime store in a dried up town in Texas. The set was designed by Michelle Carello. It had a lot of attention to detail and looked great. The set dressing was coordinated by Brandon R.McWilliams, Michael Sandner, Will Sweeney, and Sonya Okin. Everything from the posters on the walls to the Jimmy Dean memorial wall to the books and the magazines on the rack all worked together really well to evoke that sense of 1970 and dry heat.

Laura: The lighting effects for the show I thought were really good. Whenever you were in 1955 the lighting would become more orange. In the present 1975 they were more the blues and washed out colors. It brought on a whole different action to the lighting going on on stage. Lighting designer was Amy Narron.

Mike: I did enjoy this show. I did not know what to expect from it. I have heard about it before. A lot of the details in it are revelations and we do not want to give too much away. So if our discussion sounds a little bit funny, that’s why. We are trying not to give anything away and there are a lot of things going on in this production. I think Silver Spring Stage did a great job with this show.

Laura: Come Back to The Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean ran two hours and twenty minutes with one intermission. Be aware that this show does contain a lot of adult language and adult situations. It is playing through Sunday June 22nd. Friday and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sunday matinees on the 8th and 22nd at 2 pm at the Woodmoor Shopping Center in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Mike: We’d like to hear your thought on this show once you’ve seen it. Simply leave a comment on our website.

Laura: And now, on with the show.


  • Juanita: Judith Lowe
  • Mona: Lauren Tobiason
  • Mona (Then): Alexandra Smith
  • Sissy: Ashley Edmiston
  • Sissy (Then): Eve Cox
  • Joe: Alex Deihl
  • Joanne: Natalie Tucker
  • Stella May: Terry Toot
  • Edna Louise: Sarah Schauffler


  • Producers: Brandon R. McWilliams & Michael Sander
  • Director: Michael Sandner
  • Assistant Director/Dramaturg/Stage Manager: Brian R. Sekinger
  • Technical Director: Don Slater
  • Set Designer: Michelle Carello
  • Master Carpenters: Brandon R. McWilliams & Michelle Carello
  • Assisted by: Michael Sandner, Brian R. Sekinger, Will Sweeney
  • Set Painting: Michelle Carello
  • Assisted by: Mary Seng
  • Costume Designer: Brandon R. McWilliams
  • Lighting Designer: Amy Narron
  • Sound Designer: David Steigerwald
  • Properties: Sonya Okin
  • Set Dressing: Brandon R. McWilliams, Michael Sandner, Will Sweeney, Sonya Okin
  • Makeup & Hair Design: Brandon R. McWilliams
  • Light & Sound Operators: Linda Senne, Will Wurzel
  • Photographer: Brandon R. McWilliams
  • Program: Leta Hall
  • Program Cover Design: Audrey Cefely
  • Subscription Brochure: Audrey Cefely
  • Artistic Liaison: Christine Walser
  • Opening Night Reception: Brandon R. McWilliams
  • Hospitality Coordinator: Julie Wolz
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2 Responses »

  1. Thank you, thank you for the kind words. Indeed, it was my very first performance ever and I was really “thinking” of all the lines! I hope as the run continues that the lines will become more natural. The play has been a wonderful experience and I may just try something else in the future. I loved the set, too. It was very authentic for the 1955-75 era; the details were terrific.

  2. Late to comment, but I have to say this production disappointed me a bit. I always expect great quality productions from Silver Spring Stage and there were some glaring let downs in this case.

    The set dressing and sound design were truly first rate. There was clearly a great deal of time and talent put in to this aspect of the production.

    It’s clear to me, and others that I spoke to, that the director came up a little short on casting. There were few moments that felt honest and the characters were predictably drawn and nearly impossible to find engaging. The exception to this was a strong performance given by Ashley Edmiston in the role of Sissy. She breathed life into an otherwise dreary show every time she stepped on stage.