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By Laura Moore
Special to The PREVIEW
Thingamajig Theatre opens “Love, Loss and What I Wore” on Feb. 7 with local stars including Kathy Keyes, Annie Jacobi, Jann Pitcher, Kathy Isberg, Lizz Baldwin, Patricia Doocy and Sharina Ramsey.
Written by Nora and Delia Ephron and based on the book by Ilene Beckerman, the show is a scrapbook of stories about unfortunate prom dresses, the traumatic lighting in fitting rooms, high heels, short skirts and the existential state of having nothing to wear.
Accessorizing these tales — which are mostly comic, but often sad or sentimental — are the mothers who disapprove, the men who disappear, the sisters who’ve got your back.
Seven ladies grace the Thingamajig stage for two short weekends with six shows Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Feb. 16.
They will open the time capsule of their closets and take you on a journey that includes issues of toe cleavage, wedding attire anxieties and the admission that, “Any American woman under 40 who says she’s never dressed as Madonna is either lying or Amish,” and one about your mother’s tastes in clothes — “I don’t understand; you could look so good if you tried.”
“Love, Loss and What I Wore” is a celebration of life and the clothes that have been with you through thick and thin — literally. As one character notes: “Sometimes I buy something that isn’t black, and I put it on and I am so sorry.” Come celebrate with these stunning local ladies … and come wearing that special piece of clothing, that fabulous bag, those impractical heels, that off-color tie, that old powder blue tux that scored you your first kiss in and get a chance to win drinks before the show.
Thingamajig’s 2013-2014 season is sponsored by the Pagosa Baking Company.
Tickets can be purchased at www.pagosacenter.org or by calling 731-SHOW (7469). Tickets for the champagne opening on Feb. 7 are $30 in advance and $35 at the door and include fabulous food, a drink at the bar, a talk back with the cast and a free come-again ticket when you bring a friend who pays. Tickets to the regular shows are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.