Jake’s Women

Monday, February 9, At 7:30 P.M.

By Neil Simon
Directed by Doug Smith

jakeswomenMeet Jake – he’s a novelist who seems more successful with fiction than with his real life. And his imaginary life? Well, let’s just say it’s getting a little crowded in his daydreaming world with all the women he thinks about, as well as those who just barge in to say hello and put in their two cents worth. Well intentioned, Jake wants to discover ways he might be a better husband. He’s a widower (wife #1), he has a daughter he thinks of as a little girl but who is now a young woman, he has wife #2, who’s planning on leaving him for another man, there’s a prospective wife #3, and his brassy highly opinionated sister, and his female analyst.

Jake’s solution? Think about things – and reflection leads to flashbacks which leads to daydreaming. Freud considered daydreaming a diversion from reality (he only had one wife), in which the past, present and future “are strung together on the thread of a wish.” Jake’s women accuse him of ‘fear of intimacy,’ while Jake sees himself as a successful guy who loves women so much he can’t stop thinking about them. Perhaps they’re right – maybe he really is a self-centered control freak who is easily distracted and still carries a torch for his late wife. Judge for yourself – and consider the jury is all female: Maggie, Karen, Edith, Molly, Julie, Sheila.

And, yes, being Neil Simon, the play is somewhat autobiographical – Neil loves writing about writers, he lost his first wife, and he has a daughter. Alan Alda played Jake on Broadway and was nominated for a Tony. He didn’t win, but, naturally, two of the actresses, Talia Balsam and Helen Shaver, were honored for their performances.


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