“Love, Loss, and What I Wore” is more than just plain Witty, it’s damn Funny

May 17, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Have you ever looked at your life via your clothes?  Now, I’m speaking about this from a female perspective.  Throughout our lives, starting when we were very young, we have memories associated with our clothes. 

A paper dress worn at the wrong time of the month. A shirt that was just perfect in color, size, fit, and style.  A sports bra that turned a nice set of breasts into a "Monoboob."

"Love, Loss, and What I Wore," the play, which is subtitled, “an intimate collection of stories,” currently being presented at the Geffen Playhouse, takes a look at women, their clothes, and what it all means.  Using humor and wit, the play, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman, and embellished by sisters Nora and Delia Ephron, brings together a cast of five engaging women, each with a story or stories to tell.  Clothes maybe just fabric on our backs–but they tell about who we are, what stage of life we’re in, and can either give us self-confidence or take it away.

From our purses, in which you can find a tissue, but you don’t know whether it’s been used or not, to our dressing room experiences where clothes almost never fit right, "Love, Loss, and What I Wore" is staged and presented to the audience with five storytellers, all dressed in black and wearing “painful” high heels.

Carol Kane, whose character, Gingy, the narrator of the play, starts the evening off by telling her life story through “outfits” worn at pivotal moments.  From her first two store-bought dresses her father purchased after her mother’s passing at the age of 12, to her flowered maternity smock worn during each of her pregnancies, Kane’s wit and charm shine through.

Caroline Aaron tells a tale of a married woman who finds true love with a criminal, thus leaving her current husband, and in 20 years, becomes a still, happily married State Senator. And even though her criminal husband is in prisions for the first seven years of this challenging marriage, she keeps the marriage alive via a pair of pants with a provocative hole in them.

Taking a witty look at breast cancer and reconstructive surgery, one of the stories Rita Wilson narrates tells a tale of a character, who before breast cancer was an A cup, but after her mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, becomes a C cup and how her new lace bra gifted from a friend helps her through the whole process.  Point being is that, Clothes can do that!

The perfect shirt story is brought to life by Tracee Ellis Ross. We come to learn seven new shirts couldn’t replace her perfect shirt and although men may come and go, a perfect shirt is irreplaceable. Ross also did a masterful performance as a Puerto Rican gang member who has a story to tell about a very cool sweater.

In one of the many stories of the night, Natasha Lyonne compares her two prom experiences, her junior prom wearing an uncomfortable powder blue with her nerdy date, who actually wears a matching tux, and her senior prom, where she wears a sexy black mini accompanied by a sexy, hot escort:

Here’s the thing — I’ve never really known for sure which of those two people I am — the girl who almost doesn’t get asked to the prom at all or the girl who gets to go with the really cute guy. Every time I thought I knew which one I was, I turned out to be the other. Which is one reason I think I got married, to, like, end the confusion.

Humor is often hard to pull off, but the Ephron sisters, the cast, and director, Jenny Sullivan, kept me laughing all night, and thinking back now, I’m still smiling, and I don’t think I’ll ever look at my purse in the same way again.

Now showing in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse

Rotating Cast Includes: Caroline Aaron, Carol Kane, Natasha Lyonne, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Rita Wilson

Performers for June 8 – July 4 dates to be announced!

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