Nora Ephron, best known for big screen credits Heartburn, When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and other rom-coms, penned Love, Loss, and What I Wore, (currently playing off Broadway), with sister Delia. Similar in style to the Vagina Monologues, a rotating cast, heavy-hitters among them, sit on stools in little black dresses, some more little than others, against a black stage.
Looking for a simple, timeless classic? How about the topic of clothing? Everybody wears it, tight, baggy, sexy, or frumpy. And women, in particular, may not be able to remember when it’s time to get the air checked in our tires, but we certainly remember what we wore during major milestones.
On any given night, Rhea Perlman, Yeardley Smith (the voice of Lisa Simpson), Tyne Daly, Janeane Garofolo and a list of other smart, sassy women take turns playing characters in their own voices, recalling memories which resonate with us all. There’s the time one went bra-shopping in the shop everyone goes to, and doesn’t leave without being poked and prodded, and there’s the mother-daughter bond made while shopping, and broken when her rebellious teen heads out the door in next to nothing.
This is girly stuff, for sure, but it’s not a play without poignant moments, like the time one character recalled watching her recently widowed-father’s new wife come down for breakfast wearing her dead mother’s bathrobe. There were men in the crowd, but this would be a great one for letting the testosterone half of a group grab a Knicks game while the chicks gather round and nod as Love, Loss and What I Wore brings back a wardrobe’s worth of memories.