The opening night of Love, Loss and What I Wore at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place was a unique and emotional experience. Presented in one act by sisters Nora and Delia Ephron, it was truly a girly kind of show. It reflected the joys and tribulations of five women.
Produced by Daryl Roth and directed by Karen Carpenter, Love, Loss and What I Wore is a collection of vignettes based on the best selling novel by Ilene Beckerman. Like the book, the monologues use clothing and accessories (especially purses and shoes) to reminisce about funny memories and sad recollections of their lives from childhood through adulthood.
The show is staged in a reading format with the five actresses seated on stools wearing what has been described as “The” color: black.
Felicia Fields has returned home to Chicago after touring for more than six years. She has earned a Tony award nomination for The Color Purple. Fields had the audience wildly entertained with her wit and sass.
Nora Dunn talks directly to the audience about matters of the heart and the closet. Nora uses experience from five years on Saturday Night Live to keep everyone in the theatre laughing out loud.
Roni Geva and Katie O’Brien used their comedy and improv skills to discuss issues that are true to every girl’s heart… bras and prom dresses.
Barbara Robertson, who earlier this season opened Working at the Broadway Playhouse read the role of Gingy, discusses her life through colorful sketches of clothing that hung on a coat rack. Each piece represents a turning point in her years as a wife, mother and grandmother.
Love, Loss, and What I Wore is a show not to be missed. You will find yourself relating to all the comic interludes, such as the agonies of purses, high heels, dressing rooms.
So call up a friend and spend an hour and a half having fun memories of a woman’s life reflected through her wardrobe.
Love, Loss, and What I Wore teams up with Dress for Success, an international non-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women, providing professional attire to help women thrive in work, and in life.
Individual tickets range from $68-$78 and are on sale now.