A Girl’s Guide to Chaos


By Cynthia Heimel

Directed by Ami Sallee

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

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Before Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda cut a wide swath through the men of New York on HBO’s acclaimed Sex and the City, Cynthia, Rita and Cleo were doing the same in A Girl’s Guide to Chaos. They were the 1980s creations of Cynthia Heimel, a humorist whose books include Get Your Tongue Out of My Mouth, I’m Kissing You Goodbye and When Your Phone Doesn’t Ring, It’ll Be Me. If you are a fan of Fran Lebowitz, Bridget Jones’ Diary or Sex and the City, you certainly won’t want to miss this sassy comic venture into the romantic & sexual escapades of the urban female which Jobsite whips up late-night style!

(L-R) Nevada Caldwell, Summer Bohnenkamp, Shawn Paonessa and Kari Goetz in Jobsite's A Girl's Guide to Chaos. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)Being single, meeting new people, dating again, safe sex, breaking up, supporting despondent friends, then repeating the whole agonizing cycle. It’s the relationship hell of the modern woman, and the adult comedy A Girl’s Guide to Chaos explores that hell with biting wit, sarcasm, and humor. The frustrations of being single run rampant. Some characters staunchly rely on themselves, others hide behind their loneliness, and others desperately cling to a boyfriend, because, darn it, finding a new one is the pits!

A humorist and delightful neo-feminist (someone who views men not as the problem, but part of the solution), Cynthia Heimel has regularly written for Cosmo, Village Voice, and Playboy. She is best known for her hilarious and celebrated book, Sex Tips for Girls, which A Girl’s Guide to Chaos is based on. Learn about “the Great Boyfriend Crunch” and other facts of life for the contemporary single woman in this laugh out loud comedy.


This show contains adult language and is intended for mature audiences.

Production History

Jobsite first produced A Girl’s Guide to Chaos at the Shimberg Playhouse at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, January 9-25, 2004. Due to popular demand, the show was held over through January 31, 2004.

A Girl’s Guide to Chaos held two encore performances, April 16-17, 2005 before touring to the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, April 21-23, 2005.

“For any guy wanting to know what women are really thinking, A Girl’s Guide to Chaos ought to be required viewing.” – The Tampa Tribune


(L-R) Nevada Caldwell, Summer Bohnenkamp, Kari Goetz and Shawn Paonessa in Jobsite's A Girl's Guide to Chaos. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)(L-R) Nevada Caldwell, Summer Bohnenkamp and Kari Goetz in Jobsite's A Girl's Guide to Chaos. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)Shawn Paonessa and Nevada Caldwell in Jobsite's A Girl's Guide to Chaos. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)(L-R) Katrina Stevenson, Nevada Caldwell and Summer Bohnenkamp in Jobsite's A Girl's Guide to Chaos. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)

Cast & Crew

  • Ami Sallee – Director


  • Summer Bohnenkamp – Cynthia
  • Kari Goetz – Cleo
  • Nevada Caldwell – Rita
  • Katrina Stevenson – Lurene
  • Shawn Paonessa – Jake, et al
  • Amanda Schreiber – Stage Manager
  • David M. Jenkins – Touring Stage Manager


  • John Lott – Light Designer / Technical Director

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