Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

F, Sa 8pm, Su 2pm. Through 8/20. $17-$20. Mesa Verde Performing Arts Center, 7501 Carriage Drive in Citrus Heights;

Rated 4.0

John Ewing meticulously directs a strong cast in this comedy-drama about respect and acceptance denied to those who are “different” in any way. Set in two time periods in the same West Texas town diner, the play makes its points with just a little heavy-handedness.