From whimsy to sadness,
a woman's closet holds
the all-important secrets of Life.
Love, Loss, and What I Wore
is the title of the intimate, entertaining and moving best-seller
by Ilene Beckerman,
adapted for the stage
by Nora Ephron and her sister Delia.
On October 8th and 15th the Actors Theatre Playhouse will close their 2016 season with a Return Engagement of this internationally acclaimed collection, proving that a great show is always in fashion. Sitting before music stands, five actresses recreate memories and colorful sketches of clothing and accessories to reveal funny, touching stories, defining for themselves - and the men who love them - life's delightful and painful moments.
Winner of the 2010 Drama Desk Award for its unique theatrical experience, and the Broadway.com Audience Award as favorite Off-Broadway play, Love, Loss, and What I Wore is based on Beckerman's 1995 best-seller along with recollections from several of Ephron friends. The production was one of Nora Ephron's final creations, spawning countless community, national and international touring productions.
"The book [and the play] are really not about fashion," Nora Ephron noted. "It's about the moments when we are trying to find our identity through clothes." Narrated by a character called Gingy whose wardrobe stirs poignant memories, a cast of characters speak directly to the audience to reveal numerous experiences in their lives that are marked by a particular item of clothing. Memories are evoked about mothers, men, siblings, dating, marriage, motherhood, breast cancer and more, along with less weighty topics like significant prom dresses, the challenge of high heels, and not having the right thing to wear.
Directed by Marilyn Tullgren the production features
Nancy Stephens, Brenda Galenus, Debbi Reed-Savory, Sadie Fischesser and Mia Moravis.
Described by Charles Isherwood in The New York Times, the show is 'Breezy and perfectly enjoyable ... it's like a big bowl of buttered popcorn (but calorie-free!) for the women who can share deeply in the particulars of experience dissected and discussed.'