Another of Cassavetes' puzzling, personal, neurotic, and often brilliant productions that would have benefited from editing with a scythe. Rowlands is a nervous actress on the brink of a breakdown as she prepares to star in a show called "The Second Woman" that was written by Blondell. The
entire movie takes place in the few days prior to the Broadway opening and shows the backstage turmoil of a show about to happen. Rowlands begins to fall apart when a fan of hers dies in an accident and she is forced to look hard at her life and determine what's important about it. Cassavetes
usually does movies about average Joes and Janes. This time he focuses on show business ...