Nominated for Best Comedy
2014 / 2015 ATG "Curtain Call" Awards
Jake is a writer, a writer with a problem, Jake does much more than just put words down on paper. His fictional characters - and the dialogue he creates for them - are so real, they become real. And when the reality of Jake's own life becomes too much for him, he retreats into the rich world of his imagination. Often, the line between reality and imagination becomes a messy - but delightful - blur. The subject at hand is women! Jake's hyperactive mind lands him in a lot of trouble - sometimes painful, sometimes funny, and always touching. Jake and his wife Maggie have enjoyed eight good years together. But now their marriage is in trouble; Maggie feels she's suffocating, her writer husband doesn't really communicate with her and that he retreats into his imagination to seek solace with his beloved Julie, his first wife who died in a car crash. Maggie suggests a six-month trial separation. Jake seeks solace - within the fertile realm of his imagination - from his very wise (and wonderfully droll) sister, Karen, and his off-the-wall analyst, Edith. Jake and Julie had a daughter, Molly, to whom Jake is devoted. Although now a young woman, Jake also brings forth Molly as a teenager to boost his self-esteem. .As the weeks and months of the separation pass, Jake starts to date fervently, though badly. This accumulates with a rather disastrous meeting with Sheila and eventually the imaginary women help him realize that any relationship he could possibly "write" in his own mind will never be as fulfilling as the one hope for a real connection he has in Maggie. With their last meeting he realizes more and more what he's lost. And so does Maggie. As "Jake's Women" flashes back and forth between then and now, between real and imaginary, we experience Neil Simon at his Pulitzer Prize-winning best: uncovering truths, touching our hearts, and making us laugh.
Written By : Neil Simon
Directed by : Warren McKenzie