MOUNT VERNON — Modern relationships have never been messier than for Jake, a novelist who finds more success in his career than his life. The award-winning Alcove Dinner Theater presents Neil Simon’s comedic classic “Jake’s Women.”
This wildly comic and sometimes touching play features Jake’s flashbacks about the women in his life – that are occasionally interrupted by the actual women! Jake’s women include a revered first wife, Julie, who died years earlier in a tragic accident; his daughter, Molly, who is recalled as a child but is now a young woman; his boisterous and bossy sister, Karen; an opinionated analyst, Edith; his current wife, Maggie, who is contemplating her future with, or possibly without, Jake; and the newest arrival, Sheila, a woman who just may be part of Jake’s future.
The cast features Bruce Jacklin as Jake; Megan Evans as Maggie; Kathy Strum as Karen; Megan Campbell as young Molly; Karly Jacklin as older Molly; Cate Blair-Wilhelm as Edith; Abigail Tayse as Julie; and Jennifer Walters as Sheila.
Veteran actress and MTVarts board president Susan Moreland directs the show. She notes that “Jake’s Women” is considered one of Simon’s hidden gems and that the cast for this production is proving very talented at juxtaposing moments of high comedy and high drama.
“The show is both moving and funny, and takes you on an evening of emotions,” Moreland said. “I am really proud of this cast and how well they navigate the moods and nuances of each character.”
Other members of the production team are: Set construction, Joe Bell; lighting designer, Ian Ernsberger; sound designer, Rodney Cheek; costumes, Megan Evans; light and sound operator, Scott Swingle; and stage manager, Kyle Boucher.
Show dates are April 5-6, 19-20 and 26-27. Social hour is 6-6:30 p.m. Dinner is 7 p.m. and the play begins immediately after dinner. For complete menu selections and pricing visit the website at alcoverestaurant.com.
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