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Guest Blog: Love, Loss, And What I Wore’s Roni Geva

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On Tuesday, September 6th (my mom’s birthday), my agent called and asked if I would be available for a run of LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE… She said rehearsals start on Sunday… I said, “um, okay, yeah, I’m available…”

On Wednesday, September 7th (my birthday), I blew out my candles and made a wish to be in the show.

On Thursday, September 8th (surely, someone’s birthday), the contract was waiting in my inbox.

On Friday, September 9th, I drove to Indiana to go to a bridal shower.

On Saturday, September 10th, I drove back to Chicago to go to a wedding and, post-wedding, read the script for the first time.

On Sunday, September 11th, we had our first rehearsal.

It has been an AMAZING journey. Working with these incredible actresses has been an education.

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Our director, Karen Carpenter, feels like a kindred spirit… I may have only worked with her for a week, but I feel that I have known her for a lifetime. She treated us with such care – and the result, I believe, is a beautiful and poignant group of tales that both men and women can relate to.

On opening night, my husband told me that he believes that if you are a HUMAN you can relate to our stories. He said that he may not have felt so deeply about an old shirt, but that he certainly had these kinds of stories about old records…

For me, every story needed to feel true. Every monologue had to come from a very real place. I HAD to know that woman who was telling the story and why she needed to tell it… and then… from there… the Ephron sisters gave us such great dialogue that it all just fell out of mouths with ease.

I am loving the sisterhood of LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE – every night as I listen to our audience hum in agreement, laugh uproariously, or listen in absolute silence, I am reminded of the power of live theatre in uniting a group of 500 strangers in a singular experience.

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Guest Blog: Love, Loss, And What I Wore’s Katie O’Brien

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Fur, knee-high boots, stiletto’s and jeans… these are a few of my favorite things!

Working alongside Barbara Robertson, Felicia Fields, Roni Geva and Nora Dunn in this production of Love, Loss, and What I Wore is like being a part of an elite sisterhood: a sisterhood of Chicago’s finest women.

Growing up in Omaha, I was never into fashion or clothing. In fact, I use to wear safety pins for earrings and considered boy scout uniforms to be “vintage”. I’ve made a lot of mistakes.

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Love, Loss, and What I Woreis about more than just clothing–it is about pieces of clothing that trigger life’s most memorable moments whether they be prom, your first bra or a green wedding dress. Felicia Fields delivers a hysterical monologue mourning the loss of her favorite t-shirt while going through a traumatic break up, and Nora Dunn delivers a stunning monologue about a bathrobe that is reminiscent of her deceased mother.

I have owned many memorable pieces of clothing, but perhaps most memorable is my green-plaid, grade school uniform skirt with matching starched top. I loved my uniform skirt and every time I pull it out of storage I am reminded of so much.  Like the time I misspelled ‘whisper’ in the spelling bee, or the time I compared Cheer detergent to Tide detergent in a sub-par science fair project, or my eternal love for my 6th grade science teacher, Mr. Pechous. Oh, if that skirt could talk.

Overall, I have had so much fun performing with my sisters and being a part of the sisterhood that is Love, Loss, and What I Wore!

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A Broadway State of Mind

Broadway is hot this season with a lot of new shows. I have spent 12 of the past 14 days in New York with a team of people from Broadway In Chicago. Once a year we go to NY and meet with all the producers and presenters of Broadway across the country. We saw some amazing shows, many of which we hope will come to Chicago sooner rather than later, but we will let you know as they make their plans.

We met to discuss the current and upcoming productions of LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, MEMPHIS, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, WEST SIDE STORY, WORKING and PETER PAN. We were also lucky enough to see:

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

SISTER ACT

WAR HORSE

THE BOOK OF MORMON

WONDERLAND

LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE

HOW TO SUCCEED…

MEMPHIS

What are you hoping will come to Chicago?

Don’t forget to watch the Tony Awards on June 12 on CBS at 7 pm Central where the (record!) fifth Chicago Theatre will pick up a Regional Theatre Tony Award. Do you know which five theaters that have won?

In those two days between trips to NY, we attended the League of Chicago Theatres Gala where THE NEW COLONY received their 2011 Emerging Theatre Award.  Also saw the new Mayor inaugurated in Millennium Park.

There is no better place to be than CHICAGO!

Eileen

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