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The Matrix Theatre
Between N. Spaulding and N. Stanley 7657 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90046
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The weather was the weather was nice a lil breezy but warm. I wore Jeans and a nice blouse and a nice wrap.
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"Journey to Dollywood"
59 ratings
4.1 average rating
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40 reviews
49 stars
attended Sep 14 2007

The actors/actresses did a good job with the material they were given, but there were insurmountable problems with the script. The writer didn't seem to know where she wanted to take this play or how she wanted to get there. The storyline just...continued

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130 reviews
42 stars
attended Sep 14 2007

The acting was great and the setting was good, but the story seemed a little slow.

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44 reviews
17 stars
attended Sep 13 2007

Original and very well acted.

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Critics’ Choice: “A coat of many colors of wit covers writer-actress Jessie McCormack’s quirky dramedy.” -Los Angeles Times
“A quirky, likably off-kilter yarn [with] often-surprising twists and turns… Jolene is at her comical best when exuding her Dolly mania.” —Daily Variety
“There’s plenty to enjoy [including] McCormack’s captivating performance and several strong jokes-along with Parton’s brief audio appearance." —Back Stage West
Pick of the Week: “Delightful comedy with deliciously funny characters… Bull’s-eye!” —American Radio Network


The presence of a young stranger in the local diner sets off a chain of events that leads Jolene, a small-town waitress who reveres Dolly Parton, on a journey of self-discovery.

“I was charmed when I read it,” says Atlantic Theater Company member Rod McLachlan, who directs.  “The characters are wonderfully interesting and quirky.  One minute, it’s very funny – then, it turns on a dime and becomes extremely poignant.  One of Jessie’s many talents as a writer is that she can deliver surprising, yet fully motivated changes in tone.”

McLachlan wasn’t the only one captivated by the script.  Dolly Parton liked it so much that she recorded a voiceover for the play and hopes to attend a performance this fall.  In June, McCormack visited Parton at her recording studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

“It’s a play about courage,” explains McCormack, who also plays Jolene.  “Dolly Parton is a symbol of hope. She’s the ‘American Dream’ personified, a person who struggled against all odds to get where she is today.  In the play, Jolene’s desire to travel to Dollywood is a metaphor for taking a leap of faith and going for what you want in life.”

The cast also includes Melissa Greenspan as Cici, Jolene’s ditzy co-worker; Erik Van Wyck as Manny, their idiosyncratic, Brooklyn born-and-bred boss; and Henry Gummer as Josh, the unassuming outsider who stumbles into this strange, funny world.