This imaginary and brief song of life is one of the most extraordinary and fabulous plays of our time. Its people are a spangled caravan, stumbling in search of the meaning of existence: "to be, beget, and begone." They are a fascinating lot who are accidentally caught together in the circus of life. They sing, share devout wishes, fall in love and, before they die, teach a cynic to understand that man lives less by science than by miracles of faith. Both the plot and the language, in their own way, have moments of exquisite brilliance.
"I would implore you, our audience, to seek neither the messages nor meanings in Jim Dandy, but to relax . . . and let Saroyan's mood play upon you, as you would in hearing a symphony for the first time or in reading a beautiful poem." - Bradford Whitney, Director, Saint Louis Community Playhouse