Theater, City Picks

Love, Loss, and What I Wore

When: May 9-12 and May 16-19 2013

Clothes might not make the woman, but they sure do tell a lot about her. That’s the idea behind Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore, which uses clothing and accessories to tell the stories of several women. The play is based on the book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman, and deals with everything from marriage and divorce to cancer and gang membership. But because this is an Ephron production, there’s plenty of humor and warmth despite the heavy subject matter. “Nora Ephron and Delia have woven together a piece of theater that is both amazingly personal yet wildly universal,” says Woolfe Street’s Keely Enright. “Every story is so well-written and empathetic.” The play starts with the narrator, Gingy, who tells the story of her life starting with her Brownies uniform. Later, we meet a gang member, a vixen, and a cancer survivor, among others, all of whom use fashion items like a prom dress, a tattoo, or a miniskirt as a gateway into their own memories. This minimalist show was scheduled to be the Woolfe Street Playhouse’s season opener but was postponed due to construction delays. It will have an extended run through Piccolo Spoleto.

Elizabeth Pandolfi

Price: $30/adults, $27/seniors, $20/students

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