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‘Jimmy Dean’ makes final appearance this weekend

by Caryn Haller

Besides the phone falling off the wall during Saturday’s performance, opening weekend of “Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean,” went off without a hitch.

Director Margaret Edson said Carson Valley Community Theatre sold 250 tickets last weekend, and had a good turnout for the champagne gala opening night.

“It went fabulous. The cast was so good, and the audience was very receptive,” Edson said.

The play flashes between 1955 and 1975, and is set in a run-down five-and-dime store in Texas where the “Disciples of James Dean” are gathering for the 20th anniversary of his death. Now middle-aged women, the disciples were teenagers when Dean filmed “Giant” in a nearby town. One of the women, an extra in the film, has a child whom she said was conceived with Dean during the shoot. In the play, the ladies’ reminiscing mingles with flashbacks to their youth. The play ends with the arrival of a familiar stranger that sets off a series of confrontations that smash their delusions of happier times and bring to light many disappointments.

Edson said she was proud of the cast for how well they performed the double roles.

“The two Monas’ and the two Sissys’ mannerisms are becoming the same. They’re feeding off each other and becoming one,” Edson said. “Some of the mothers of the teenagers in the show said they now know what their daughters are going to look like in 20 years.”

The show is at the CVIC Hall in Minden.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and cost $15 regular, $12 seniors and students. A dinner and show package is available for $48 by Minden Food Company (formerly Barone and Reed Food Co.)

A matinee is 2 p.m., Sunday. Tickets are $15 regular, $12 student and seniors.

Tickets can be purchased at the CVCT box office, online at carsonvalleycommunitytheatre.org or by calling (775) 292-0939.