Entertainment Magazine: "Love, Loss, and What I Wore"

IF OUR WARDROBE COULD TALK

BY LYNN MARIE
 
I have to admit when I walked into the Westside Theatre in NYC to attend a performance of Love, Loss, and What I Wore; I thought to myself, how interesting can this really be?  I’m afraid I’m going to be bored listening to five women in a cabaret-style setting for 90 minutes talk about their wardrobe.  Just goes to show you, you can’t judge a book by its cover.
 
Love, Loss and What I Wore stitches its countless swatches of vignettes ranging from marriage, infidelity, divorce and even breast cancer with a common link:  how women’s lives are evident by unforgettable apparel and how numerous outfits mark a milestone in each of these ladies’ lives.

The play began with the character named “Gingy” who was our narrator for the evening. (played by Helen Carey)  Gingy flipped through her closet and recounted tales of the extravagant situations revolving around each collection.  As she spoke, placards on coat hangers rotated to show which outfit and which character from her past had evoked her memories.
 
As the play “wears” on we hear stories about bras, breasts, sweaters, purses, shoes, boots, and jackets and yes even the “Material Girl” herself Madonna.  The actresses had taken their stories to heart.  Each of them drew conclusions quite warmly and you began to realize that what we wear truly is a reflection of who we are and what we have become.
 
Love, Loss, and What I Wore opened in October 2009 and has been playing to sold-out houses at the Westside Theatre (407 W 43rd Street) for eleven months.  Directed by Karen Carpenter, this collection of stories is based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman, as well as on the recollections of the Ephrons’ friends.

Like the popular book, Love, Loss, and What I Wore uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories that all women can relate to.
 
The production, which was recently honored with a 2010 Drama Desk Award, is performed by a rotating cast of five all-star actors, who perform in four-week cycles.  Members of the rotating case have included Helen Carey, Victoria Clark, Nancy Giles, Stacy London, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Brooke Shields, Sherri Shepherd, Rita Wilson and many more.
 
The performance schedule for Love, Loss, and What I Wore is as follows:  Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.
 
Tickets ($79.00) are available via Telecharge.com (212) 239-6200) and in-person at the Westside Theatre Box Office (407 West 43rd Street).

Same-day general rush tickets ($25.00, cash only) are available at the Westside Theatre box office, beginning at noon.  (Limited to two rush tickets per person.  Seats are based on availability; some are limited view.)
 
In addition to its successful run at the Westside Theatre in NYC, Love, Loss and What I Wore is currently playing in Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse, and the Panasonic Theatre in Toronto until October 30, 2010.

A dollar from every ticket sold in all three cities benefits Dress for Success, a charity that provides work clothing and job support for low-income women.  To date over $75,000 has been donated.

Photo: Stacey London, from Love, Loss, and What I Wore, with reporter Lynn Marie.



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