Friday, February 25, 2011

ROBIN'S SHOW REVIEW: Love Loss and What I Wore

Daryl Roth presents Love, Loss, and What I Wore is an intimate collection of stories by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron based on the book by Ilene Beckerman.  Directed by Karen Carpenter, it features an all-star rotating cast that packs a punch.

I saw it with Alexis Bledel, Nikki Blonsky, Anita Gillette, Judy Gold and  Paulette Washington.  All were really excellent and on their game.  Different styles and voices were projected, and it felt like there was a genuine camaraderie on stage, or at least a shared female take on everything from the little black dress, to challenges finding things in your closet, to gaining weight, losing weight, dressing room nightmares, the bottomless pit in handbags, etc.

Each dressed in black and sat perched on a high chair, and read/performed from a script on a music stand.

Quite a stark and simple, yet well implemented and successful theatrical production.

Crisp, entertaining writing, as you would expect from the Ephrons.

Featured is “Gingy” (the nickname for Beckerman), and other women characters who comment on shoes, prom dresses, name it.  They shed light on fashion trends embodied by celebs like Audrey Hepburn and Madonna.

It's the kinda show that takes you on a trip down your own memory lane of a closets of clothing you've bought and worn (or not worn) over the years...and the things you associate with them or those close to you.  I loved the line "You know you have finally given up when you go to Eileen Fisher.” Made me think of a gal I went to college with who now swears by Fisher clothes.  Am I dating myself?

Though riotious at moments, there are sobering scenarios as well.

Judy Gold, in particular, cracked me up big time with her riotous skit about purses. Totally hysterical!  I've long loved her and have seen her one-woman show that is a blast.

I'm a huge Hairspray fan (the movie), and happen to live in Great Neck, Nikki Blonsky's home town, so I enjoyed seeing her live. Totally open and adorable!

Alexis Bledel, beautiful and seemingly demure, had her funny, poingnant moments as well.  I remember her from the hit television series Gilmore Girls, so it was cool to see her on stage.

Anita Gillette, Broadway veteran, who also served as the show "illustrator" was in fine form as the most senior member of the current cast.

And, Pauletta Washington (wife of Denzel and a talented and versatile performer in her own right), was an absolute hoot!

Funny, intimate and heartfelt, the show runs the gamut of emotions.  It makes for a fun and affecting time out with girlfriends. You'll laugh and have plenty of your own stories to relate afterwards.

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