2023 July 27-29 – Love, Loss, and What I Wore – Dinner Show

Love, Loss, and What I Wore – Dinner Show – July 27-29

Thursday, July 27, 7pm
Friday, July 28, 7pm
Saturday, July 29, 7pm

by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron

Based on the book by Ilene Beckerman

Directed by Linda Strano


Judi Burns-Kotta
Cindy McCarron
Michelle Monti
Alice Springer


This material may not be suitable for all audiences.
Includes some profanity, adult situations, and sexual innuendos.


Love, Loss, and What I Wore is a play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes, and memory covering all the important subjects — wardrobe malfunctions, puberty, first date outfits, lucky underwear, prom dresses, favorite boots, irreplaceable shirts, the detested, disorganized purse, and experiences in the dressing room. Based on the bestselling 1995 book by Ilene Beckerman, this dramatic comedy presents a diverse array of stories all centered around clothing and the female experience.

A rotating cast of four principal women portray almost 30 different characters as they relay memories of pivotal moments in their lives. Each story is framed through the lens of the clothing the characters wore using the female wardrobe as a time capsule of a woman’s life. This compelling piece underscores something all women know: that our memories are often tied to our favorite clothes.

The show has a running time of about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Generally composed of comic stories, the show also addresses sad, bitter, or sentimental issues. Beckerman’s memoir takes as its departure the clothing worn at pivotal times of her life and serves as the foundation for the show. The Ephrons augmented this with a collection of similarly themed stories presented by four additional characters.  

The show is staged in what is described as an “unapologetically low-tech” manner. In addition to clothing, accessories such as a purse are important, and Charles Isherwood of The New York Times noted that when Nora Ephron viewed a purse: “In the chaos of its interior she sees a symbol of herself, as in a dark mirror smudged with old lipstick and smelling of spilled perfume.” 

The Mass Arts Center invites the audience to come reflect on your own lives, and the clothing items that symbolize those memories.


Trattoria Della Nonna Restaurant
160 North Main St., Mansfield

Tickets are $75 per person

Includes (two course meal – a starter salad and a choice of meals) 

First course salad: Mixed Greens Shallot/oregano vinaigrette / pancetta/ tomato

Main Course a choice of:

Chicken Milanese: Breaded cutlets, fresh baby spinach, lemon butter capers, cappellini Aglio olio (Garlic & Olive Oil)


Rigatoni Calabrian Style Bolognese: Slow cooked coarse ground veal & pork, red sauce, reggiano

THERE ARE NO exceptions, changes, or substitutes.

Ticket price includes your meal, and the taxes and tip on the meal.

All patrons will be responsible for their drinks and tax and tip on their beverage tab.