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The Gingerbread Lady

The Gingerbread Lady
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Neil Simon
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 68
Pub. Date: 1999
ISBN-10: 0573609357
ISBN-13: 9780573609350
Cast Size: 3 women, 3 men

About the Play:

The Gingerbread Lady is a full-length dramatic comedy by Neil Simon. Coming home after a stint in a rehab facility to overcome her alcohol addiction, a popular cabaret singer returns to a group of people who support her, but who have their own challenges. Close friends, family, theatre cronies and a former lover all have some good intentions, but also their own agendas! The Gingerbread Lady offers audiences a rare glimpse at Neil Simon's darker wit and is a tour de force lead role for its star.

The Gingerbread Lady centers on Evy Meara who was once a successful cabaret singer until her career hit the skids with her descent into pills and liquor. After a short stay in rehab, her best friend age-defying Toby, her daughter Polly, and Jimmy Perry, a gay actor try to help her adjust to sobriety with a jolly birthday party. But insecurities and setbacks threaten to unravel Evy's health and relationships. Enter Lou Tanner, a former lover, who ends up giving her a black eye. The party is a wash out, the "gingerbread lady" falls off the wagon and hits the ropes once again. While Neil Simon's typical wit and hilarity permeate this piece, The Gingerbread Lady is an entirely serious story of lost misfits, genuinely and deeply touching, deviating from author's usual hilarious farces to show his diverse talent.

The Gingerbread Lady premiered in 1970 at the Plymouth Theatre on Broadway and was later rewritten by Neil Simon as the film Only When I Laugh. The play has become a favourite scene study vehicle in acting classes and workshops and is regularly performed in regional repertory, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 3 women, 3 men.

What people say:

"He has combined an amusing comedy with the atmosphere of great sadness. His characteristic wit and humor are at their brilliant best, and his serious story of lost misfits can often be genuinely and deeply touching." — The New York Post

"Mr. Simon's play is as funny as ever-the customary avalanche of hilarity, and landslide of pure unbuttoned joy." — The New York Times

About the Playwright:

Neil Simon (1927-2018) was America's most prolific playwright. He had dozens of plays and nearly as many major motion pictures produced. He was showered with more Academy and Tony nominations than any other writer, and is the only playwright to have four Broadway productions running simultaneously. His plays have been produced in dozens of languages, and have been blockbuster hits from Beijing to Moscow. His true success, however, is in his unique way of exposing something real in the American spirit.

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