Past Dramatic Comedy:
Kentwood Players presents
The Gingerbread Lady

The Gingerbread Lady
by Neil Simon
Directed by Drew Fitzsimmons
Assistant Director Katie Harfoush

Produced by Jenny Boone and Lynn Gutstadt
July 14 – August 19, 2017

Maureen Stapleton won Broadway’s Tony Award as Best Actress for the role of Evy Meara, a popular cabaret singer who has hit the skids in Neil Simon’s The Gingerbread Lady. Set in New York City in 1972 after Evy’s short stay in rehab, her best friend, the age-defying Toby, her daughter Polly, and Jimmy Perry, a gay actor, all try to help her adjust to sobriety with a jolly birthday party. 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. With Neil Simon’s characteristic wit and humor, his serious story of lost misfits is genuinely and deeply touching. The play was later rewritten by Neil Simon as the film Only When I Laugh starring Marsha Mason.



Played by
Jimmy Perry ············ Ken MacFarlane
Manuel ············ Al Gomez
Toby Landau ············ Genous Novin
Evy Meara ············ Lezlie Moore
Polly Meara ············ Sara Bozin
Lou Tanner ············ Marco Garcia Ballare


Evy is always the life of the party, even when the party is over.
Contrary to popular demand, Evy’s having a little drink.
There’s absolutely nothing better than having someone to worry about you, right?
Jimmy tries to describe to Evy the intense agony of ultimate rejection.
Jimmy desperately tries to dissuade Evy from receiving what Manuel wants to deliver.
Evy comes home from “the cure” to her good friends Jimmy and Toby, who haven’t a clue what to do with her.
Toby needs a drink. Evy doesn’t. Jimmy can’t win.
When Evy grows up, she wants to be just like her daughter Polly.
Evy questions her daughter’s sense of style.
Evy’s return from rehab is going really, really, really, great...
Jimmy inspects the goods delivered by Manuel.
You got needs? Manuel delivers.
Photos by Shari Barrett


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Los Angeles, CA 90045
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