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Jake’s Women: Not Your Typical Production

Simply put, Neil Simon’s play, Jake’s Women, is not your typical production. This multidimensional story about a man enduring a mid-life crisis introduces characters both physically present and those only within the mind’s eye.

Jake (Cameron Stuckey), an author in his early fifties, is teetering on the edge of a crumbling marriage with his second wife, Maggie (Jennifer Peck). While dealing with the loss of his late wife, Julie (Meghan Lehmann), Jake develops an uncanny habit of losing his grip on the physical world. In order to ease the burden of coping with past and present struggles, Jake calls on memories and embellishments of the seven women in his life. Conversations, both real and imagined, are what Jake comes to rely on. Just as he writes the script for characters within his books, Jake begins to apply the same process to his hallucinations.

With the imagined guidance from his witty therapist, Edith (Jaime Love), Jake tries to envision overcoming his current obstacles. With a little initial reluctance, Jake also calls on his sister Karen (Julia Holsworth) and his daughter Molly (Coral Utnehmer and Anya Cherniss). When his imagined conversations overlap with the real world and affect a budding relationship with Sheila (Claudia Rosa), and a potentially mended marriage with Maggie, only then does Jake realize how damaging his imagination has come to be.

Sonoma Arts Live and JoLee Productions do a marvelous job in delivering this complicated script in a refreshing manner. The passion and energy brought forth by the cast are truly moving and with the support of a well-prepared tech crew, it’s only made clearer as to whether Jake’s women are truly there on stage with him or just a figment of his imagination.

Join the cast of Jake’s Women at the Sonoma Community Center for an invigorating performance full of laughter, raw emotion and commendable talent. This production is surely one you won’t want to miss.

Jake’s Women runs July 9 through July 26, with curtain time at 8pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2pm matinees on Sundays.

Sonoma Community Center, 276 E Napa Street, Sonoma

Tickets: $22 for general admission, $12 for balcony seating 707.974.1931

July 14, 2015

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