Sometimes it is just great to have a good cry , then just laugh. Well I did the other day with a whole theatre full of women . They were enjoying five dynamic actresses on stage in the latest Broadway in Chicago production “Love, Loss and What I Wore.” The play is written by Nora and Delia Ephron and was based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. Karen Carpenter succeeded in uniting the cast to make the characters believable .
The biggest surprise of the evening was when I found out that one of my favorite television actresses was part of the cast, Miss Loretta Swit. As most of us, I grew up with the show M*A*S*H* , and thought that Margaret was a strong woman and a positive role model for young girls. With this kind of a pedigree cast, I knew I was in for an exciting and memorable evening.
The women took turns telling the tales of these women’s lives. Each actress brought events to life and caused each audience member to reminisce along with them. The stories were things we could all relate to like getting your first bra or the relationship you had with you mother. Some of the memories were sweet, and some were very painful.
By the end of the evening, I felt a little closer to all the women in the theatre. I felt that I could claim them as the sisters I never had. It was almost as if I was back in college, sitting around the dorm in my pajamas and talking over pizza and wine. The actresses brought their characters to life and made us feel like it really was their story. I really felt love as Roni Geva and Whitney White were united and shared the pain as Taylor Miler described her ordeal with breast cancer. It was something we could all relate to as women, either as ourselves or watching a loved one or friend suffer. My own memories of my late mother and her battle with cancer came rushing back as she told of her lipstick on the day of her masectomy. But then, just as another tear drop fell, someone started to laugh again. Nora Ephron really knew how to explore the universality of women. This play will make you want to stand up and sing “I am Woman.”
With a rotating all star cast, you can catch “Love, Loss or What I Wore” at the Broadway Playhouse in Water Tower Place. Call Broadway in Chicago for ticket information.