For Amy Lane, a huge fan of Nora Ephron’s movies, the opportunity to be in one of her plays was a no-brainer.
“I love all of her movies, and I just adore her,” said Lane, who will be one of five actresses making up the cast of “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” opening Friday at Curtain Call Theatre in Latham. “I also read her last book, ‘I Feel Bad About My Neck,’ and I really like it. She writes about things that all women can identify with.”
Ephron, who wrote the screenplay for “Silkwood,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Julie & Julia,” borrowed from Ilene Beckerman’s 1995 book of the same name to produce her play. Co-written by Ephron’s sister, Delia, the show is a series of monologues with a rotating cast talking about relationships and wardrobes, and how they interact.
“We play several different characters, and it’s been great to see what the other women are doing with their parts in rehearsal,” said Lane, who is performing in her third show at Curtain Call. “They’re little short stories about personal relationships, and it’s great watching what the other women are bringing to their roles.”
‘Love, Loss, and What I Wore’
WHERE: Curtain Call Theatre, 210 Old Loudon Road, Latham
WHEN: Opens Friday and runs through Aug. 20, show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday; a special matinee performance will be held Aug. 6 at 3 p.m.
HOW MUCH: $24
MORE INFO: 877-7529, www.curtaincalltheatre.com
WHERE: The Theater Barn, 654 Route 20, New Lebanon
WHEN: Opens tonight and runs through Aug. 7; show times are 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday
HOW MUCH: $27-$25
MORE INFO: 794-8989, www.theaterbarn.com
‘Into the Woods’
WHERE: Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Rt. 203, Chatham
WHEN: Opens 2 p.m. today and runs through Aug. 7; show times are 2 and 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, and 2 p.m. Wednesday
HOW MUCH: $34-$14
MORE INFO: 392-9292, www. 1925 Route 203, Chatham
Also in the show with Lane are Cristine Loffredo, Maryhelen Lunello, Barbara Richards and Jennifer Van Iderestyne. Carol Max, founder and artistic director at Curtain Call, is also directing the production.
“We’ve done it before and it went very well, so we wanted to do it again,” said Max, who directed the show at Curtain Call during the summer of 2013. “It’s got a good message and these are stories that men can also relate to. If you have a mother, wife, daughter, sister, you can relate to it.”
“Love, Loss, and What I Wore” was an off-Broadway hit in 2009 at the Westside Theatre in New York, where it continues to play today. It won the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience, and was also voted Best New Off-Broadway Play by Broadway.com.
Ephron, who died in 2012, was married three times. Her screenplay for the 1986 film “Heartburn,” with Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson, was based in part on her second marriage to former Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein.
Lane, a Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School and LeMoyne College graduate who went on to get a master’s degree in theater history at the University at Albany, said Ephron’s work is a big hit at the Open Door Bookstore in Schenectady, where she is the manager and book buyer.
“People have been coming in, buying that book, and everybody is talking about it,” she said, referring to “I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman.”
“There’s something about getting older, but I love reading her stuff.”
Also opening this weekend are “Forever Plaid” at the Theater Barn in New Lebanon and “Into the Woods” at Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham.
“Forever Plaid” is Stuart Ross’s whimsical 1989 off-Broadway smash about a quartet of high-school friends who dream of becoming recording stars but are killed in a collision with a bus filled with Catholic schoolgirls on their way to see the Beatles’ American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. Joey Alan, Ricky Gee, Andrew Martinelli and Andrew Pace star as the four friends, who are magically brought back to life by the playwright.
Steven Sondheim and James Lapine used characters from several Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales to produce “Into The Woods.” The show was nominated for 10 Tonys in 1986 and won three of them. The Mac-Haydn production stars Erin Spears Ledford as Cinderella’s stepmother, Amy Laviolette as Cinderella and Bridget Elise Yingling as Little Red Riding Hood.
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