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‘Love, Loss’ recoups costs

Off B'way play earns back its $500,000 in a quick 11 weeks

Off Broadway play “Love, Loss and What I Wore” has recouped its capitalization costs in a super-quick 11 weeks, according to producer Daryl Roth.

The femme-centric show with a rotating roster of thesps, originally skedded to play a 12-week run that would have ended this month but now extended until March 28, is being considered for sit-down engagements in a handful of cities around the country, possibly to be followed by a national tour that would launch in 2011.

Recoupment of the show’s $500,000 capitalization is notable not just for its speed but also for the fact that it has happened Off Broadway, a producing landscape that has become increasingly challenging in recent years.

Based on Ilene Beckerman’s book about the ways in which a woman’s wardrobe reflects the stages of her life, “Love, Loss” is penned for the stage by Nora and Delia Ephron, taking not just the book as their source material but also the stories and memories of the Ephrons’ acquaintances.

Before it began perfs Sept. 21, “Love, Loss” reported the largest advance of any show to play the Westside Theater, formerly home to Off Broadway longrunners “The Vagina Monologues” and “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”

Helmed by Karen Carpenter, “Love, Loss” currently stars Kristin Chenoweth, Rhea Perlman, Capathia Jenkins, Rita Wilson and Lucy DeVito. Other thesps who have signed on for four-week stints in the show have included Tyne Daly, Rosie O’Donnell and Jane Lynch, with upcoming engagements on the sked for Michele Lee, Debra Monk and Carol Kane, among others.

Roth noted that the cast’s monthlong rotations made a commitment to “Love, Loss” more attractive, helping the show to draw familiar names to the cast.

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