Once again, a fine performance from Gena Rowlands. If you appreciate this actress, this is another film in which she shines. As a strong actress with an ability to find, reveal, and let us see the deep motivations that cloud our emotions, blur our intellect, and find justifications for decisions that are a little off-center, she is one of the best. "Opening Night" is a story of a popular but aging star about to open in a live-production, written by Joan Blondell, and follows her struggle to maintain her grip on life as extremely stressful events force her into more and more intense bouts of drinking. This condition worsens as the opening night approaches, and by the night of the big opening, arriving so late the production is almost cancelled, and so intoxicated she cannot stand by herself, we follow her intense struggle to "do her job". The final scenes of the movie are so tense, and so well-acted, I was tired but satisfied, that I was able to believe she had conquered her demons and would be able to overcome the problems converging on her life.