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Chicago gains "Love, Loss And What I Wore" for an extended run

Love, Loss And What I Wore in ChicagoFamed rom-com writer/director Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally..., Sleepless In Seattle, etc.) is bringing her Drama Desk Award-winning, critically acclaimed, smash hit Off-Broadway play Love, Loss, and What I Wore to the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place beginning September 14, 2011 for a run that's already been extended six more weeks, through December 4, 2011.

Love, Loss, and What I Wore is based on the 1995 book of the same name, written by Ilene Beckerman, and presents as a series of monologues and vignettes womens' romantic histories in terms of the different items of clothing they owned and donned during key moments in their lives. Adapted for the stage by Ephron and her sister Delia, and directed by Karen Carpenter, Love, Loss, and What I Wore uses a rotating cast of five actresses to portray a variety of women, from a female gang member to a cancer patient, as they discuss their loves and losses and how each important event in their life was inextricably linked to what they happened to be wearing at that time. In addition to Beckerman's book, Ephron used anecdotes from friends as well as material from her own 2006 book I Feel Bad About My Neck.

In order to get well-known, top-level talent who might otherwise be hesitant to work at Off-Broadway pay levels for a lengthy run, Ephron devised a rotating cast system that kept each actress in the show for only four weeks. Thus the New York production was able to feature, at one time or another, Tyne Daly, Rosie O'Donnell, Kristin Chenoweth, Jane Lynch, Rhea Perlman, Carol Kane, Janeane Garofalo, and Brooke Shields, among others. To keep that practice, the first weeks of the Chicago run will feature actresses with Chicago connections, including Emily Bergl, Nora Dunn, Felicia Fields, Kate O'Brien, and Barbara Robertson. Rotating in starting October 25 will be All My Children veteran Taylor Miller, and Loretta Swit (M.A.S.H.) starting November 8. Additional casting for the second part of the run has yet to be announced.

Love, Loss, and What I Wore was initially developed through a series of readings in New York for charity benefits, including Dress For Success (which helps low-income women with affordable work clothing and job-hunting) and the renovation of the Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York. It officially opened at the Westside Theatre in October 2009 and won the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience. It has since played in Los Angeles, Toronto, Buenos Aires, and Sydney, and the Chicago premiere production is the opening stop on its first national tour.

Love, Loss, And What I Wore runs September 14-December 4, 2011 at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut Street. Tickets are available at

Luke Heiden
Contributing Writer

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