Who: Lucy DeVito, Carol Kane, Natasha Lyonne, Rosie O’Donnell, Tracee Ellis Ross
What: One-night-only reading of Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore
Where: Kaufmann Concert Hall, 92nd St. Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. at 92nd St., 212-415-5500
When: Sunday, February 5, $15-$48, 8:00
Why: In August 2008, Linda Lavin, Karyn Quackenbush, Leslie Kritzer, Kathy Najimy, and Sara Chase starred in a benefit performance of Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron’s new play, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, a series of monologues based on the 1995 book by Ilene Beckerman that explores the female condition in contemporary America through discussions about clothing and accessories. Over the years, in other benefits, off-Broadway runs, and national tours, the show has become a rite of passage for actresses and comedians; cast members have included Marlo Thomas, Tyne Daly, Blythe Danner, Samantha Bee, Veanne Cox, Sally Struthers, Rhea Perlman, America Ferrera, Brooke Shields, Debi Mazar, Jane Lynch, Christine Lahti, Kristin Chenoweth, Joy Behar, Parker Posey, Marian Seldes, Melissa Joan Hart, Fran Drescher, Florence Henderson, and Kristen Wiig, among many others. Now the 92nd St. Y, in conjunction with original producer Daryl Roth, is presenting a one-night-only reading of the play, featuring Lucy DeVito, Carol Kane, Natasha Lyonne, Rosie O’Donnell, and Tracee Ellis Ross and directed by Karen Carpenter, who helmed the original New York and Los Angeles productions; O’Donnell and Lyonne were in the original cast at the Westside Theatre in 2009, followed shortly by DeVito, Ross, and Kane. The special event isn’t until February, but tickets are already going fast, especially at such reasonable prices.