THUNDER BAY, ON ---- July 16, 2014 ---- Proving that a great show is always is in fashion, local impresario Lawrence Badanai is bringing the Off-Broadway hit “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” to the Paramount Theatre for a two week run.
Love, Loss and What I Wore follows fragmented stories about the nostalgic power of women’s clothing. A starry local cast of seven women enrobed in chic black sit on chairs and tell funny, wistful and universal memories about their families and loved ones through the prism of their closets. The through line is narrated by Gingy (Beverley Gravelle MacLeod), a wise older woman who reminisces about what she wore at milestones in her life—complete with sketches of the styles. Like a long heart-to-heart with your best friend over coffee, the conversation meanders from a bittersweet story of a stepmother wearing the same style bathrobe as her husband’s late wife (to the dismay of the children) to a couple’s musings of what they wore on their wedding day to a rant about loathing the need to carry a purse. With odes to black clothing, cowboy boots and outfits that makes mothers cringe, Love, Loss and What I Wore is unabashedly girly—in a good way.
“When it’s all fluff, people don’t connect with it very well,” said Lawrence Badanai who hopes to ‘redress’ the typical summer theatre production. “Summer theatre can be thought light pieces of entertainment to suit the season… but there is no reason why strong bold shows such as this will not also attract an audience.” The show also attracted top local talent as it features seven actresses in the production: Armelle Sandford, Beverley Gravelle MacLeod, Candi Badanai, Heidi-Mae Gordon, Jesica McNabb,Julie MacCoy, and Tara Rowe.
“I don't think there is something, especially women, won't connect with. There are at least 4 or 5 things.” Said cast member Julie MacCoy. “I'm sure every woman has been through the whole shopping for their first bra.” This sentiment resonates with other cast members: “You feel less alone as you can relate to the stories and the characters” said Heidi-Mae Gordon. And Armelle Sandford found herself “defiantly identifying to the monologue about being skinny… although I feel like I got a little more harassment” she said. “I love the mother bit” said actress Tara Rowe “because I feel if you ever felt the loss of a mother, that one is going to hit home 110%. Everybody loves their mom. And I kind of had a similar situation. The fact that it’s in there - it gets me.”
“Lighthearted and witty, Love, Loss and What I Wore is perfect for a girls night out or date night” is what actress Candi Badnai would say. Some have called it a chick flick for the stage. It is also a good choice for a special mother-daughter event, as it is appropriate for teens. “I think it's for everybody. I think it's important for men to go so that they understand us better” said actress Beverley Gravelle MacLeod.
Love, Loss, and What I Wore will play at the Paramount Theatre on July 22 to 24, 29 to 31, 8pm nightly. Tickets are only $15 and are available from: The Loop, Steeper's, Wiggles & Giggles and the door.
Photo by: Matthew Goertz.