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Love, Loss and What I Wore

a Comedy
by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron

COMPANY : Lionheart Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : College Street Playhouse
ID# 4867

SHOWING : March 11, 2016 - March 13, 2016



An intimate collection of stories by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron and based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. The wardrobe-inspired stories by women are heartwarming and often hilarious!

Director Dot Reilley
Cast Shannon Varner Alexander
Cast Glory Hanna
Cast Nicole Jackson
Cast Holli Majors
Cast Debbie McLaughlin
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Ladies’ Wear
by playgoer
Monday, March 14, 2016
"Love, Loss and What I Wore" is less a play than a dramatized reading. Five chairs and script stands are lined up across the stage, and each of the five black-clad actresses sits in her assigned chair for the duration of the presentation. A small screen just left of the last chair is used for projections of hand-drawn pictures of clothing. Pretty simple staging, right?

What gives the show visual appeal is a stunning backdrop by Katy Clarke. The muted blue-grays of the painting suggest a city skyline, echoing the script’s emphasis on New York City life. Gary White’s light design illuminates the backdrop and the actresses to advantage. While the projections used are pretty crude in execution, the backdrop is masterfully artistic.

The script consists of three components: the life story of Gingy (Glory Hanna), as accompanied by her drawings of outfits important to her life; monologues, telling individual stories; and rapid-fire lists in which most of the actresses contribute one line at a time. Director Dot Reilley has chosen to introduce each segment with a sound clip (sound design by Bob Peterson), consisting of a musical snippet and a spoken caption. The various musical selections don’t add much to the show (except time), but the segments themselves move at a nice clip.

All the actresses do creditable work. Glory Hanna mines the humor of Gingy. Nicole Littlejohn Jackson uses her thousand-watt smile to make the audience at ease and receptive to her charmingly delivered monologues. Debbie McLaughlin plays her parts with skill, impressing particularly in a monologue about purses that contains the most activity of any blocking – she moves her script stand to the side at the start and lifts up a bag at the end. Shannon Varner Alexander and Holli Majors do nice work too, most effectively in an alternated sequence of recollections about their bridal outfits ending with the second most active blocking – they turn to one another in their chairs at the end.

Ms. Reilley gives a nice shape to the show, allowing humor to percolate to the forefront whenever possible. This is a show definitely targeted to a female audience, but it contains enough universality that everyone can relate to something. I found myself least interested by Gingy’s story, which is written to accompany the slide show of her drawings of dresses. Her story is split into several segments, which gives a bit of a through-story to the whole show, but also acts as a tacit admission that her story wouldn’t hold up well on its own without interruption. Gingy’s story couldn’t be omitted, though; it’s drawn directly from the source book by Ilene Beckerman. Can I help it if I prefer the interpolations by the Ephron sisters? [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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