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Written by Nora Ephron & Delia Ephron
Based on the book by Ilene Beckerman
Directed by Lara Macgregor
Proudly presented by Mazda Dunedin City Motors

[1hr 30min, no interval]

at Fortune Theatre, Dunedin
From 2 Mar 2013 to 23 Mar 2013

Reviewed by:  Terry MacTavishBarbara Frame (Otago Daily Times);


Featuring: Claire Dougan, Dame Kate Harcourt, Jennifer Ludlam, Lara Macgregor, Ginette McDonald, Barbara Power, Alison Quigan, Nadya Shaw Bennett, Rima Te Wiata, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, and Sara Wiseman.

‘Best of the year.' – Time Out New York

Proving that a great show is always in fashion, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, with its starry rotating cast of New Zealand's finest actresses and compulsively entertaining subject matter, will become the toast of the year.

This intimate collection of stories is a bittersweet meditation on the joys and tribulations of women's lives, reflecting on the female wardrobe as a time capsule of a woman's life. The late Nora Ephron (Julie and Julia, When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle) and her sister Delia Ephron have culled monologues from Ilene Beckerman's bestselling book and from recollections of Ephron's friends. The show uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny, poignant stories that all women can relate to, reaching out to those sifting through their closets in search of what they've loved and lost.

Says director Lara Macgregor: “The irony is that this play was recommended to me on two occasions by men, when at first glance you would think this is a play about and for women. It is indeed a poignant and funny glimpse into many aspects of womanhood, but tugs at the heartstrings when least expected, by traversing the delicate connections between mother and daughter, father and daughter, sisters, and friends.” 

Lara adds: “This is also an opportunity to celebrate Nora Ephron, who sadly passed away last year. She has made such a significant contribution to storytelling in our theatre and movie world in her lifetime. To be presenting the New Zealand première of this play is truly a privilege.” 

Love, Loss, and What I Wore is structured in such a way that it lends itself to a new cast each week. This has resulted in some of the best actresses in the country gracing the Fortune stage.

Says Lara: “We wish we could keep these amazing actresses and the play rotating all year. A three week season is just sometimes not long enough.” 

2010 Drama Desk Award
2010 Audience Award

Venue:  Fortune Theatre, 231 Stuart Street, Dunedin 9016
Production Dates:  2 - 23 March 2013
Running Time:  90 minutes without interval
Tuesday, 6.00pm / Wednesday - Saturday, 7.30pm / Sunday, 4.00pm
(no show Monday)

Tickets:  Gala (first 5 shows) $32, Adults $40, Senior Citizens $32, Members $30, Tertiary Students $20, High School Students $15, Group discount (10 +) $32, Ladies Night $45
Bookings:  Fortune Theatre, 231 Stuart Street, Dunedin
Box Office 03 477 8323 or visit 

Lunchtime Bites / Thursday, 28 February meet at 12.15pm in the Dunedin Public Library, ground floor. Alison Quigan, Rima Te Wiata, Lara Macgregor, Claire Dougan and Nadya Shaw-Bennett will perform an excerpt from Love, Loss and What I Wore with an opportunity to win tickets. Reading will commence at 12.30pm followed by afternoon tea. This is a FREE event.

Opening Night / Saturday, 2 March 7.30pm, Fortune Theatre.

Members' Briefing / Sunday, 3 March meet at the Fortune bar at 3.00pm and join Fortune Theatre Artistic Director Lara Macgregor for a lively informal chat about Love, Loss and What I Wore

Forum / Tuesday, 5 March Q & A session with the cast and crew after 6.00pm show.

Fortune Sociable Club / Wednesday, 6 March meet in the bar at 6.30pm and meet like-minded individuals and get connected.

Ladies' Night / Thursday, 21 March grab your girlfriends for the most talked about show of the year. FREE glass of bubbles on arrival plus receive a goodie bag and be in to win fabulous spot prizes on the night. Doors open 7.00pm; show starts 7.30pm, $45 a ticket, bookings essential.

Audio Described Support Package Available / an audio described support package is available for this performance. Offered in collaboration with Experience Access for visually impaired patrons and friends.  

Week 1 Cast - 4 March - 10 March
1. Alison Quigan  2. Rima Te Wiata  3. Lara Macgregor  4.Claire Dougan  5.Nadya Shaw-Bennett

Week 2 Cast - 11 March - 17 March
1. Ginette McDonald  2.Rima Te Wiata  3.Jennifer Ludlam  4.Sara Wiseman  5.Claire Dougan 

Week 3 Cast - 18 March - 23 March 
1. Dame Kate Harcourt  2.Rima Te Wiata  3.Jennifer Ward-Lealand  4.Barbara Power  5.Claire Dougan 

Set Designer:  Peter King
Lighting Designer:  Peter King
Sound Designer:  Lindsay Gordon
Costume Designer:  Maryanne Wright-Smyth
Stage Manager:  Rebecca Tapp