Nutley Little Theatre opens our 84th season with…

The Gingerbread Lady

By Neil Simon
Directed by Helen Exel

Evening performances – September 7, 8, 15, 20, 21, and 22 @ 8:00 pm
Matinees – September 9, 16, and 22 @ 2 pm

Hilarious, punchy, tragic and heartbreaking, “The Gingerbread Lady” focuses on Evy Meara, a former singer whose career and marriage were destroyed by alcohol. Having just completed a ten-week stint in a rehab facility, she returns home to the welcome of friends, all misfits who are wounded in their own way and covering up their wounds with booze, makeup and self-deprecation. Evy’s efforts at hosting a birthday party crumble when she falls off the wagon and careens toward a tragic end.

Director’s note: I am a huge fan of Neil Simon, so when I discovered this was his first attempt at drama, I was quite intrigued. It didn’t surprise me to find his characteristic wit and humor, woven into a serious story, peppered with scenes of dramatic tension, would make this play so enjoyable.

When this play was originally produced, it is evident that the sensitive subjects, such as alcoholism, racism and sexism, was approached with a more casual attitude. It reminds us how far we have come today with these issues and possibly how much further we have to go.

The cast includes Deshja Driggs-Hall, Kyle Marr, and Margaret Mikkelsen, all of Montclair; Seth Kaplan of River Dale; Keith Moran of Oakland; and Caroline Ritacco of Nutley; with Chiara Russoniello, Alyssa McKinney, Jimmy Demetroulakos assisting as Stage Managers.

Tickets $20.00 – A $2 discount is available at matinees for senior citizens and students./

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