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As an avid theater goer, I went and saw this production of Love, Loss, and What I Wrote during the original run in December 2013 and I enjoyed it, immensely! As we learned from the background on the play by Nora and Delia Ephron, the production reflects on and celebrates femininity through different avenues including growing up, maturing into a woman, black dresses, relationships, and the fear of becoming your mother, just to name a few. Being a male, maybe I haven’t, I’ve never had experience with my first bra, much less anyone else’s, cocktail or wedding dresses, or motherhood, but the thing I was able to connect with was the storytelling. The stories of growing up including the feelings of uncertainty going through puberty, a desire to “fit in” whether it is with our friends, society, or our parent’s wishes, and finding ourselves in the world, where ever that may be. Regardless of being a male or female, we all experience, or will experience, these events and their associated feelings. It was an interesting concept to be able to hear these characters’ tell their stories and the emotions they expressed as they reflected on the events sometimes with humor, sadness, anger, regret, frustration, and even with a coy smile for a yearning of what was.

I found myself smiling – living vicariously through the characters as I reflected on my own feelings in a lateral sense and having a understanding, though in a different medium, of similar experiences. We go to movies, rock concerts, theater, and other forms of entertainment to escape ourselves and our world and live vicariously through the characters we see. This experience was unique in that I was able to live vicariously through the characters, yet share in their stories and experiences, having had similar ones myself or from aside with female friends, relatives, or significant others. And I think that is what makes this show great – for everyone. You just aren’t watching the show unfold and hearing the stories but actually experiencing them and reflecting on your own!

If you missed this show the first time around, you won’t want to miss it the second!

Dates are March 20-22 at 7:30 PM at the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center.

If you saw the show, what did you think? Or even if you have seen the play put on by a different production company, what were your thoughts? Was there anything you connected to or that really touched you?

For me, it was the description of an ever growing closet space for the female and a reciprocal dwindling space for the male! Kind of like this….

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Jarrod R. Champagne

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