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Theatre Review: Love, Loss and What I Wore is "Thoroughly Satisfying"

Ladies, grab a girlfriend or three and make a date with The Carnegie’s thoroughly satisfying Love, Loss and What I Wore, continuing through Nov. 20.

The show is a collection of monologues (Ilene Beckerman’s book smartly adapted for the stage by sisters Nora and Delia Ephron, who know how to keep women entertained with laughs and tears) on the subject of women and our clothes.

But what it’s really about is how certain clothes - whether it’s a peach satin strapless gown or a burgundy velour zip-up robe – are part of an indelible memory.

 

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On a bedroom-y set that has clothes and accessories strewn on a day bed, a stuffed closet to the side and racks of clothes behind, five actresses employ the costume pieces to play a collection of characters who call up moments – good and bad - that helped define their lives.

The show works like a son of a gun – I brought along a girlfriend and we spent all of intermission talking not about clothes but about memories Love, Loss had re-awakened in us. I strongly recommend going out for a bite and a couple of glasses of wine after the show. Expect a couple of hours of good conversation.

Abby Rowold directs with a nice feeling for the show and has rounded up a solid cast who form a cohesive ensemble. Marypat Carletti plays Gingy, whose life story arcs through the show and whose ‘chapters’ are illustrated by one step up from stick figure drawings projected overhead.

Mel Hatch, Nabachwa Ssensalo, Tess Talbot, and Sarah Zaffiro are everyone else, and play plenty of supporting characters in each other’s monologues.

Love, Loss of course spends plenty of time talking crushes and boyfriends, marriages and divorces, but no more than talk about mothers and daughters. And grandmothers and granddaughters. And sisters. And crappy friends.

Body image? Of course. There’s consideration of bras and brides and the many phases of Madonna. There are big questions like, "Sleeveless turtlenecks – why?"

The show isn’t all sunny – that Loss in the title should be a hint. But at least one of the stories will be very close to one of yours. Like my girlfriend said as we left, “Not too light, not too heavy. Just right.”

Love, Loss and What I Wore, through Nov. 20. The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $25, students $18. 859-957-1940 and www.thecarnegie.com.

Written by Jackie Demaline, RCN Arts