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Love, Loss, And What I Wore



Despite being arranged in a rainbow, this play couldn’t be more straight, unless it got really upset about the Edmonton Oilers. Punctuated by desired an loathed articles of clothing, Love, Loss, and What I Wore seems incredibly dated. Written by Norah Ephron (Sleepless in Seattle, et al), it barely skits the periphery of woke-ness. The six actors, each in a different colour of dress, do their best to bring life to a limp script whose only saving graces are the previous few moments of comedy. If you’re really, like, really into clothing, something here may speak to you – Doug Johnson 


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Total Score
1/ 5

Reader Rating
142 total ratings



Dates / Times:
  • 9:00 pm - 2018/08/18
  • 4:45 pm - 2018/08/19
  • 6:15 pm - 2018/08/20
  • 2:30 pm - 2018/08/23
  • 12:15 pm - 2018/08/24
  • 8:00 pm - 2018/08/26

Posted 2018/08/18 by



6 Reviews


    There were so many moments of comedy, and if you think this show is only about fashion, think again! It’s about relationships between women, between men and women, and clothing is only used as a device. A stellar cast pulls it all together in a charming, fun, relatable way. This is one of those ninety minute Fringe shows that goes by in what feels like less than an hour. Not sure which show this reviewer was watching…


    Doug Johnson seems to have a problem with women speaking about clothes, is the underlying statement here. (I didn’t realize levels of “wokeness” needed to be measured?) What’s especially problematic about this review is that very little is spoken about the actual production – which by the way was thoroughly enjoyed by the majority of audiences in their Regina and Hamilton runs – and much is said about Doug’s own inability to relate to a script.


    1) “This play couldn’t be more straight.” – That’s a problem?
    2) “seems incredibly dated” – not to the audience of women laughing knowingly throughout the performance.
    3) “skits the periphery of wokeness” – skirts? In any case, are you really sure you want to decide what’s “woke” for a show so clearly targeted to women?
    4) “whose only saving graces are the previous few moments of comedy.” -precious? Few? A vital part of a review is reporting how the audience responds. You aren’t.
    5) “If you’re really, really into clothing” – Society forces women to care about clothing, so the issues in the play are relevant to pretty much every woman.

    The play is sensitively written, extremely well-performed, and was enjoyed with wholehearted enthusiasm by the audience. There was not as single false moment. Learn to recognize when your own biases make it basically impossible to write an accurate review. (Note: I have literally no involvement with this show or anyone associated with it.)


    I nominate Doug Johnson’s review above as the stupidest review of the 2018 Edmonton Fringe Festival. This is a beautiful, touching performance of a thoughtful, well constructed play. It’s unifying theme is the love/hate relationship between women and their clothes but, as a middle-aged guy, I found it spoke to me profoundly. 127 viewer five star reviews tells you what you need to know about this show.


    What’s with the one bad comment and it’s poor articulation? I saw the play in Regina, enjoyed it, and will try and see it again in Edmonton.


    A beautiful, heart-warming play; authentic performances from all the actors. This is a top-notch, professionally done production. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to give each actor a hug. Go see this play if you haven’t already. You won’t be disappointed.

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