World Premiere of Offbeat Comedy Journey to Dollywood
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The last date listed for Journey to Dollywood was Friday November 2, 2007 / 8:00pm.
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Featured review from Paulette O.
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I originally purchased these tickets because my friend is a big Dolly Parton fan. When he couldn't make it, I begrudgingly took someone else. I am so happy I did. This show is funny, heartwarming and has some dark edges. Jessie McCormack did a wonderful job writing the show but also equally good acting as "Jolene". Everyone in the cast was funny and quirky. The theater and the set were fun as well. I hope it gets good reviews because it is really worth seeing. The fact that Dolly gave her blessing and did voiceover for the show should be enough to get people into the seats.
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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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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.