Opening Night is a film by John Cassavetes. Like his other films, Opening Night is praised for its attention to detail, realistic presentation, and for its use of improvisation. The film features a Broadway actress, Myrtle Gordon (Gena Rowlands), as she struggles to rehearse for her latest play. Her problems began when she saw a fan that she had just ignored, die in a car accident. The death of her fan and the way Myrtle treated her, causes her to think about her own personal life. She realizes that her life, and the life of actors, is empty. Her guilt causes her to forget lines and she is unable to stay in character. This leads to frequent fights with her co-star, Maurice Aarons (John Cassavetes), and the director, Manny Victor (Ben Gazzara). Opening Night is a realistic portrayal about the inner workings behind a Broadway play, and it shows the inner workings behind the actors that portray the characters.