Old favourite comes back to the stage

After 23 years, one of Guelph Little Theatre’s favourite plays from the past returns to the stage. Come back to the 5 and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, is a comedy and drama by Ed Graczyk.

It runs for 10 performances to Oct 25, with the original director. Trevor Smith Diggins directed the play in 1985, and again in Cambridge 10 years ago. “It’s got plenty of laughs mixed with tears, some nos­talgic mu­sic, and a few interesting twists along the way.”

The play’s setting is a dime store in southwest Texas, close  where the James Dean movie Giant was filmed in 1955. Flash­backs and 1950s music get shaken with laughter and a twist of fate, as the Disciples of James Dean take the audience behind the façade for faded glimpses of celebrity obsession, sexual deception, and the truth that will set them free.

Set in 1975 at a fan club reunion, the action flashes back to 1955 on the day Dean was killed in a fatal car accident. Robert Altman directed the Broadway production and film starring Sandy Dennis, Cher, Karen Black, and Kathy Bates.

Produced by Laura Row­bot­ham, the runs Thur­sday, Friday and Saturday even­ings at 8pm, with a Sunday matinee on Oct. 19 at 2pm.

Tickets are $15 to $17, with group rates and EyeGo tickets available.

Mature themes and language may not be suitable for young audiences. For re­serv­ed seating, contact the Guelph Little Theatre Box Office at 519 821 0270 or visit www.guelphlittletheatre.com.