"Love, Loss, & What I Wore" at the Village Theatre -- June 22 through 24.

Friday, June 22, through Sunday, June 24

Village Theatre, 2113 East 11th Street, Davenport IA

The late, great author and humorist Nora Ephron famously shared this piece of advice for women: “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” That message will also be shared in New Ground Theatre's June 22 through 24 presentation of Nora and Delia Ephron's Love, Loss, & What I Wore, a stage serio-comedy that Variety magazine called “a bittersweet meditation on the joys and tribulations of women's lives” and that the Hollywood Reporter deemed “tender and insightful without being sentimental.”

Filled with sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking first-person accounts, Love, Loss, & What I Wore is based on the 1995 book by Ilene Beckerman and focuses on women's relationships and clothing – plus, at times, the interaction of the two – using the female wardrobe as a time capsule for the female experience. Since its 2008 stage debut, the Ephrons' collection of winning monologues has routinely attracted top-tier talent, having been performed by such stage and screen stars as Kristen Wiig, Linda Lavin, Brooke Shields, Rosie O'Donnell, Christina Lahti, Tyne Daly, and Marlo Thomas. Love, Loss & What I Wore has also been the recipient of glowing reviews, with TheatreMania.com labeling the show “so insightful and entertaining is its survey of sartorial preoccupations and the deeper questions underlying them that multiple viewings would be advisable.”

Co-directing New Ground Theatre's latest presentation are Chris Jansen – the company's artistic director and helmer of such productions as Water by the Spoonful and Dinner with Friends – and familiar area performer Rae Mary, whose directorial credits include the Playcrafters Barn Theatre's M*A*S*H and The Miracle Worker. Mary will also serve as one of Love, Loss, & What I Wore's cast members, appearing alongside Alexa Florence, Shana Kulhavy, Kelly Thompson, and Susan Zelnio.

Love, Loss, & What I Wore will be presented at the Village Theatre Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., tickets are $15-18, and more information and reservations are available by calling (563)326-7529 or visiting New Ground Theatre's Facebook page.

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