Of all that I love about New York, what I love most is the theater. I won’t list what I’m seeing this trip; if you love theater too, you’ll just be jealous.
I’ll only mention one; the play I saw tonight. It’s adapted from a book I love: Love, Loss and What I Wore by Ilene Beckerman. It’s a simple concept: Beckerman tells the story of her life through sketches of some of the clothes she wore.
I also love Nora Ephron; and recently I read that she and her sister Delia had created a stage play with a rotating cast of actresses. Nora described it as “like the Vagina Monologues but without the vaginas.” It’s playing off-Broadway for a limited run; I loved it.
Tonight’s audience was 95% women—almost entirely of my generation—who could really appreciate stories about clothes in our past lives—from bras to bridal gowns……to Broadway. Although it wasn’t part of the show, I remember the days when you got dressed up for a Broadway show….down to the white gloves.
Though I appreciate the convenience and comfort of attending a show in jeans, there’s also something lost—-something missing. The fancy dress code added to the mood and the magic of Broadway. And I miss it.
AND WHAT I WORE
I’m not a fashionista—but after wearing this on my last trip to New York, I expected to start a trend in accessories. I know, fashion is fickle. Still, when you consider current headlines, I’m surprised—-so far I haven’t spotted a single New Yorker wearing one.. ..