I went to Absolute Theatre’s production of Love, Loss & What I Wore last night. It’s written by Nora and Delia Ephron. Nora Ephron as in, the woman who wrote When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail (which was also co-written with Delia). That Nora Ephron. Brilliant essayist, journalist, and so on.
If you’ve read this blog for long, or if you’ve run into me on the street and complimented my MetroCard Tote, then you know how much I adore Nora Ephron. She’ll be my forever #WCW (#WomanCrushWednesday) now that I know that’s a thing. It’s good to have a young adult daughter to explain hashtag slang to me. I’d be lost on Instagram without her.
When I walked into the studio theatre, I might’ve broken a rule. There wasn’t a sign that I saw and no one told me not to, so maybe it’s fine. The first thing I noticed when I entered was my bag, Nora Ephron’s bag, the MetroCard tote center stage. So, I took a picture of it on the set. Seeing it made me smile SO much. Whoever carries that bag after the show’s run is done will get compliments. Men will compliment her on her purse…
My fiance will always be my #MCM (#ManCrushMonday), because when I asked him if he wanted to go to Love, Loss & What I Wore, he said yes without hesitation. After the show, he said he didn’t realize it was going to be quite so female focused.
“Honey. It’s called Love, Loss, & What I Wore.”
He hadn’t given the title much attention. A night out with his lady doing something other than the norm was all he’d needed to say yes. There were parts that he liked. I did hear him (and a few other men) give hearty chuckles throughout the show.
Back to the Show
Yet, this play’s most definitely for those of us who identify as women. The theatre was full of us laughing about everything from the torments of bra shopping to one’s “monthly friend” showing up at an inopportune time (as if there’s ever an opportune one); and at lines like, “Every woman over 30 has dressed like Madonna.”
I did. Didn’t you?
After the cast of five women talks about how good they all look in black, one says, “I feel bad for people who live in places like Dallas, because they have to wear pink.”
That line resonated with me, because I am in Dallas today wearing pink.
When I packed for Dallas, I didn’t pack one black item. It’ll be too hot to wear black. Noticing this made me realize that watching Love, Loss & What I Wore is like listening to honest friends in-the-know dish about life.
Note: If you’re fond of wearing black, Dallas might not be your kind of city.
Love, Loss & What I Wore runs deeper than clothes, periods, and bras. It explores relationships between mothers and daughters, what a woman will change after being raped and what she won’t, and facing breast cancer. The women shift between the highs and lows with more laughs than tears.
Details to know:
- Love Loss & What I Wore runs 90 minutes and is performed without an intermission.
- If you’d like a glass of wine during the show, bring cash to donate.
- Remaining performances are tonight (April 26th), the 27th, and May 2 – 4 at 7p.m. and on May 5th at 2p.m. in the Studio Theatre at the Rochester Civic Theatre in Rochester, MN.
- Tickets are $25.
- Bring a couple of your girlfriends to giggle with through the show. Then go out after for a cup of coffee, or a nightcap and share all of your hilarious horror stories with each other. Just a humble suggestion.
- The drawings used in the show are the originals drawn by Ilene (Gingy) Beckerman in the novel.
Also, can I just say that I love Absolute Theatre’s Content Advisory?
Absolute Theatre no longer offers advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at email@example.com or call 507-722-2731.