The Gingerbread Lady

Play

Writers: Neil Simon

Overview

Show Information

Book
Category
Play
Number of Acts
2
First Produced
1970
Genres
Drama, Dark Comedy
Cast Size
small
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, early teen, late teen, young adult characters

Synopsis

The Gingerbread Lady is a dark drama with comic overtones centering on Evy Meara, a cabaret singer whose career, marriage, and health all have been destroyed by alcohol. We meet her at the end of a ten week drying out period at a sanitarium when her friend, her daughter, and an actor try to help her adjust to sobriety. The friend is so constantly vain that she loses her husband; the actor, a homosexual, is also doomed, and indeed loses his part three days before an opening; and the daughter needs more affection than she can spare her mother. Evy's efforts at hosting a party crumble when she falls off the wagon and careens toward a tragic end.

Lead Characters