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June 15, 2010 |
When the Country Music Assn. announced in February that Jimmy Dean would be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year, Dean joked, "I thought I was already in there." "Seriously, it brought a huge grin to my face," he said in a news release. "I am honored." Dean already had been inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Texas Music Hall of Fame in 2005. That's not to mention his 2009 induction into the Meat Industry Hall of Fame.
November 2, 2007 |
Not to speak ill of the dead, but Robert Altman did poor service to Ed Graczyk's period comedy/drama, "Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean." Altman staged Graczyk's play in 1981, then went on to direct the claustrophobic and inappropriately campy 1982 film, which featured teeth-grindingly histrionic performances by mostly miscast stars, who reduced their small-town characters to drawling caricatures.
August 9, 2001 |
The slouch is back. The sensitive, soulful, pleading eyes. The mumble. Everywhere I turn--billboards, buses, magazines, bookstore windows, TV--there he is, beckoning. Come back to the jive and crime, come back to Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. For more than 30 years I allowed his destructive power over me. Now I am a father of two, married, an executive who willingly labors in the world of responsibility. An adult at last.
February 8, 2001 |
For those of us who avoid reunions and for those of us who wish we had, Ed Graczyk's drama "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean" reminds us why bringing old friends back together can be a bad idea. When it is the 20th anniversary reunion of The Disciples of James Dean in the dusty town of McCarthy, Texas, things can quickly go sour.
April 9, 1998 |
It might seem odd that the best plays about Southern women, such as "The Glass Menagerie," are written by men, but the fact that the characters are dealt with in such loving terms is a tribute both to the women and the playwrights. Ed Graczyk's "Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean," at the Long Beach Studio Theatre, is a perfect example.
March 13, 1996 |
Ed Graczyk's "Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean," at Theatre District, is one of those hybrid plays that were popular in the '70s. The main character, Mona, speaks in a sort of ersatz-Tennessee Williams, while the other in habitants of the West Texas town of McCarthy do not. She's been living a Williams-style lie most of her life, about a night she supposedly spent with James Dean while she was an extra in "Giant."