Love, Loss and What I Wore
By Nora and Delia Ephron based on the book by Ilene Beckerman
Directed by Donna Dawson
Over the years and alongside her screenwriting successes, the late Nora Ephron wrote personal pieces about fashion, mulling over her love of turtleneck sweaters, the vagaries of getting a manicure in Manhattan and the inside of her Tardis-like handbag in typically wry, observant tones.
Then, in 2008, she teamed up with her sister, Delia Ephron, to write a play about what other women wore and why. It became a big hit and proved that fashion was much more than skin-deep, in the hands of the Ephron sisters at least.
Based on Ilene Beckerman’s 1995 memoir of the same name – which takes us from her Brownie uniform to the Diane Von Fürstenberg dress she wore when she met her third husband – the play combines her story with a chorus of women’s voices that speak about everything from their first bras and prom dresses to love, same-sex marriage, motherhood, divorce, grief, rape and cancer.
There are many heart-stopping moments coupled with comic rejoinders and quick-fire one-liners that strike recognisable chords. So bring a hankie and be ready to laugh and cry but above all to have a good night out.
Love, Loss and What I Wore is an ode to holding on to all the too-small and unflattering outfits in our wardrobes, because it is these, too, that “spark joy” here by becoming lightning sparks to treasured memories.