Midday theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck joins Tom in the studio every week with a review of the one of the region's many thespian productions, and today she stops by to discuss Cockpit in Court's new rendition of Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.Set in a five-and-dime store in the small west-Texas town of McCarthy, the play explores the reunion of the ----Disciples of James Dean,---- a fan club obsessively devoted to the brief, stellar career of 1950s film star James Dean, who became a cultural icon after his death in a car crash at the age of 24. They prize their special connection to the moody, handsome actor, recalling their roles as local extras in Dean's final movie, Giant (1956).Written by Ed Graczyk in 1976, the play became a 1982 film directed by Robert Altman, and now, at Cockpit in Court, the twists and turns of the lives of the ----Disciples---- again grace the stage, under the direction of Linda Chambers, As the ----Disciples---- pay tribute to the life of their teenage Hollywood idol , the group, rallied by their ringleader, Mona, (played as a girl by Sarah Jones and as an adult by Regina Rose ) reminisce about their youth -- and stir up some long-buried passions.Cockpit in Court's production of Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean continues through August 5th on the Essex Campus at the Community College of Baltimore County.
Rousuck's Review: ----Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean,---- @ Cockpit in Court
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