By Nancy R. Elliott
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. —
Dessert theater. It’s a concept to love and it’s coming to Anderson this weekend. Mainstage Theatre performs “Love, Loss and What I Wore” at The Edge this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4 and 5. Patrons will not only enjoy the performance that night, but dessert as well. The question is, what will you wear?
The production touches on clothes, relationships and life issues with which we all can identify. Longtime Mainstage member Jane Cornelious directs the work, which was written by sisters Nora and Delia Ephron based on the 1995 book by Ilene Beckerman. It was first performed in 2008. Cornelious is a veteran stage wonk, involved with Mainstage since 1986. She has directed and performed in numerous productions, most recently playing Frau Blucher in “Young Frankenstein.” She’s excited to bring “Love, Loss and What I Wore” to the more intimate venue of The Edge.
“I just love this play. It’s about how clothes and events in our lives have affected us,” said Cornelious. “It’s going to be unusual but it’s going to be fun.”
The five-member cast, clad in black and seated on bar stools, presents a series of monologues reading from scripts on music stands. Looking back through time, at what they wore when, the production touches on a host of bittersweet, funny and always relatable topics.
“It’s just five women,” said Cornelious. “It’s kind of like a readers’ theater…. There are funny parts in it. There are sad parts.” Regardless which part it is, women, and men, will hear themselves, their moms, their sisters and their friends in this collection of stories as presented by the Mainstage actresses .
Katherine Holtzleiter, Julia Dotson, Marcia Murphy, Karen Sipes and Theresa Timmons take on the roles of girls, teenagers, young women, lovers, wives and mothers while ultimately conveying the individual that every woman is. The actresses deliver well-timed, empathetic performances - playing you and the women in your life to a tee.
Gingy, played by Holtzleiter, steers the progression of stories as she looks back through time, starting with, yes, her Brownie uniform. As she introduces each story by announcing an item of clothing, with its picture projected on a screen, the audience enters a personal vignette that explores poignant emotions and humorous moments. The simplicity of the set and the dearth of props actually assists in drawing us into the words and the worlds of the characters.
The 90-minute production is interspersed with amusing scenes where the characters pop off on clothing subjects like “Madonna,” or “The Dressing Room” or “The Closet” with a host of reactions that we have all uttered at one time or other. Who, after all, has not peered into their closet and exclaimed, “I have nothing to wear!”
This is the fourth theater production hosted at The Edge this year. The venue has proven to be a popular one.
“It’s been a really amazing year of Theatre on the Edge events and we’re not even finished yet,” said Valerie Howard, event coordinator at The Edge. “This Friday and Saturday is the ‘Love, Loss and What I Wore’ production. We had so much interest in this show and I really think it’s going to be a big hit.”
Dessert theater happens this Friday and Saturday only at The Edge restaurant in Edgewood Golf Club, 519 Golf Club Road. Tickets are $10, and include the production and dessert. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Call 644-5111 to reserve tickets.
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