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Theater

Women in focus: Nora Ephron play at First Folio Theatre in Oak Brook

Danielle Davis (from left), Lydia Berger Gray, Barbara Figgins, Hayley Rice and Lindsey Pearlman star in "Love, Loss, and What I Wore."
Danielle Davis (from left), Lydia Berger Gray, Barbara Figgins, Hayley Rice and Lindsey Pearlman star in "Love, Loss, and What I Wore."

First Folio Theatre produces the hit play "Love, Loss, and What I Wore" in Oak Brook. The poignant comedy, based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman, was written by Nora Ephron ("When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle") and her sister, Delia Ephron, her co-collaborator on the films "You’ve Got Mail" and "Hanging Up."

The show is running through April 25.

Directed by First Folio Theatre Artistic Associate Rachel Lambert, the play stars Lydia Berger Gray, Barbara Figgins (Jeff Award winner for "The History Boys" at TimeLine Theatre Co.), Danielle Davis, Hayley Rice and Lindsey Pearlman.
 
"Love, Loss, and What I Wore" was the 2010 Drama Desk Award winner for Unique Theatrical Experience and the 2010 Broadway.com Audience Award winner for Favorite New Off-Broadway Play. The play has been hailed as “Witty and wise!” (Vanity Fair); and “Funny, powerful, sweet and saucy! Goes directly to the heart, soul and vanity of every woman, young and old!” (Variety).

Plot points

The show reflects on the lives of five women and the vivid memories that their clothing conjures. From Brownie uniforms to first bras to prom dresses to that iconic little black dress, women have both beautiful and heart-wrenching stories attached to certain articles in their wardrobe. "Love, Loss, and What I Wore" explores those moments, and is designed to resonate with women of all ages who will identify with the wry observations of the heartfelt play.
 
First Folio Theatre is in its 19th season of bringing Shakespeare and other classics to the stage. During that time, the theater expanded from an annual summer production to a year-round operation with three separate stages at the historic Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook. First Folio Theatre will cap this season with a Shakespeare Under the Stars production of "The Winter's Tale," which previews July 8, opens July 11, and runs through Aug. 9.

The theater was co-founded by David Rice of Clarendon Hills, and his wife, Alison Vesely, a frequent performer and director.
 
Current show times

Performances begin at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays. There are 4 p.m. performances Saturdays, April 18 and 25. Mayslake Peabody Estate is at 1717 W. 31st St., off Route 83.

Tickets cost $29 on Wednesdays and Thursdays (seniors and students, $25), and $39 on Fridays through Sundays (seniors and students, $35). Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 630-986-8067 or visiting www.firstfolio.org.

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