Women's clothing and accessories inspire intimate, and often funny, tales in the poignant play "Love, Loss and What I Wore," an ongoing show which runs tonight at Delaware Theatre Company. The final show at DTC is March 17.
"Love, Loss and What I Wore" — written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, and based on IIene Beckerman's book of the same name, with direction from Karen Carpenter — is a national production designed around monologues and vignettes by a rotating cast of five women who discuss stories all women can relate to. Topics include anecdotes about buying bras to explaining why black dominates each of their wardrobes.
The cast is a star-studded one with Sabrina Le Beauf ("The Cosby Show"), Dawn Wells ("Gilligan's Island"), Erica Watson ("Precious"), Sonia Manzano ("Sesame Street") and Karyn Quakenbush (Broadway's "Annie Get Your Gun").
Presented by Daryl Roth Productions in New York City — an acclaimed production company led by its namesake and Pulitzer Prize-winning play producer, Daryl Roth — "Love, Loss and What I Wore" marks the first production Roth has brought to the Small Wonder.
"This is my first time, so I'm very happy," Roth said, during a phone interview with the Hockessin Community News. Her new play, "Kinky Boots," debuted in New York on Wednesday, which prevented her from seeing the Delaware debut of "Love, Loss and What I Wore," which was also on Wednesday. Nonetheless, Roth said her goal is to catch, at least, one of the "Love, Loss" shows in Wilmington before the end of its run.
While the subject matter in "Love, Loss and What I Wore" is based on women, she's confident virtually any guy with a sister, girlfriend/wife, female friend or mom could appreciate the production.
"I think men love it as well," beamed Roth, of New York City. "Men relate to it because they all have women in their lives."
"Love, Loss and What I Wore" premiered in 2009 with a superb cast featuring Rosie O'Donnell, Tyne Daly, Samantha Bee, Natasha Lyonne and Katie Finneran. The production has seen more than 100 delightful ladies in its rotating cast, including Brooke Shields, Rhea Perlman, B. Smith and Tracee Ellis Ross.
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Atop Roth's tall list of accolades are the seven Pulitzer Prize awards she earned for: Bruce Norris' "Clybourne Park," Tracy Letts' "August: Osage County," Nilo Cruz's "Anna in the Tropics," David Auburn's "Proof," Margaret Edson's "Wit," Paula Vogel's "How I Learned to Drive" and Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women."
She also won a Tony Award for "Clybourne Park," "August: Osage County" and "Proof."
As for how she's managed to distinguish herself as one of the top play producers, Roth explained the main ingredients in her recipe for success includes: humility, working hard and treating her team like family.
"People have said I really care about the people involved in [a] production and I care about their well-being, and I offer them the dignity and the respect they deserve," she explained. "I'm appreciative of writers, actors, directors and all creative people; I'm in awe of their talent."
IF YOU GO
WHAT "Love, Loss and What I Wore"
WHEN 8 p.m. Friday, March 8; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13; 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14; 8 p.m. Friday, March 15; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 16; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17
WHERE Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water St., Wilmington
COST $35 (Wednesday, March 13); $45 (for matinees and on Thursday, March 14); $49 (evening shows)
INFO delawaretheatre.org or 594-1100