Goy, McLean, Beker, Budd, McCarthy Join LOVE LOSS, Toronto

By: Sep. 01, 2010
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Producers Michael Rubinoff and Daryl Roth are pleased to announce that beloved comedian Luba Goy of CBC's acclaimed "Royal Canadian Air Farce" and Jane McLean of The Time Traveler's Wife are the final two Canadian stars to join the cast for the September run of the Canadian production of the award-winning New York smash hit Love, Loss, and What I Wore, an intimate collection of stories by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron. Winner of New York's 2010 Drama Desk Award for Best Unique Theatrical Experience, it features a rotating cast of five in four-week cycles, and has been held over at Toronto's Panasonic Theatre (651 Yonge St.) through October 2.

Luba Goy and Jane McLean join the cast from September 10 - October 2, along with previously announced actors Jeanne Beker (CTV's "Fashion Television"), Barbara Budd (a Stratford actor prior to her long stint as co-host of CBC Radio's "As It Happens") and Gemini, Genie and Dora Award-winning actor Sheila McCarthy (CBC-TV's "Little Mosque on the Prairie"). Due to previous engagements, Lisa Horner will take over for Jeanne Beker on select performances. Ms. Horner makes a welcome return to the Panasonic Theatre where she starred in the hit show My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding for Mirvish Productions.

A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Luba Goy began her professional career with the Stratford Festival prior to her decades long turn with "The Royal Canadian Air Farce." As a member of "Air Farce," she has won 15 ACTRA Awards, a Juno and a Gemini in addition to being inducted to the International and Canadian Comedy Halls of Fame.

Born in the Philippines and raised in Toronto, Jane McLean studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Her credits include "Dexter," a recurring role on "Terminal City," and the 2009 film The Time Traveler's Wife. Upcoming, she stars opposite Henry Winkler in the feature comedy Running Mates and guest stars in the upcoming season of the hit CBS drama "CSI: NY."

This cast perform September 10-October 2 from Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm with matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2pm. The official opening is September 11. Note there are 2 added performances: Sunday, September 12 at 2pm and 7pm.

The current cast - Lauren Collins ("Degrassi: The Next Generation"), 5-time Gemini Award winner Wendy Crewson (Away From Her, "24"), Dora Award winner Cynthia Dale (Stratford Festival leading lady for 10 seasons, "Street Legal"), Gemini Award winner Linda Kash ("Robson Arms") and Genie Award winner Margot Kidder (Superman series) continue to perform until September 4.

(The first cast was Paula Brancati, AndRea Martin, SharRon Matthews, Louise Pitre and Mary Walsh, who performed from July 21-August 7.)

Love, Loss, and What I Wore is a collection of stories based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman, as well as on the recollections of the Ephrons' friends. Like the popular book, it uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell stories covering some of life's most funny and poignant moments.

Love, Loss, and What I Wore opened Off-Broadway at The Westside Theatre on October 1, 2009 to rave reviews and continues to play to sold-out houses. New York casts have included Rosie O'Donnell, Kristin Chenoweth, Jane Lynch, Samantha Bee, Tyne Daly and others. A Los Angeles company opened at the Geffen Playhouse on May 13, 2010; also earning raves, and an extension. The Toronto production opened on July 21, 2010, winning both popular and critical acclaim.

"Awesome women, funny stories.... hilarious, touching, always enjoyable" - Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star
"A show about women, and for women. Men, however, will get a kick out of being allowed, temporarily, to enter into the mysteries of womanhoodŠ. definite belly-laughs" - Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail
"Love, Loss, and What I Wore fits.... delightful theatre" - John Coulbourn, Toronto Sun
"It's a wonderful evening of laughs, tears, murmurs of "mmm-hmmm"...please, please, have an evening out and use this show as a way to reconnect through laughter with a friend, a sister or even yourself." - Erin Davis, 98.1 CHFI
"A closet full of laughs! Five fabulous and funny ladies deliver memories of fashions past from poodle skirts to stirrup pants. After seeing this show, you'll giggle every time you look in your closet." - Gloria Martin, 680 News
"What a treat it was to see five fabulously strong and uniquely colourful actresses perform. These women are a tour de force; at once hilarious and heart breakingŠ. great comic precision" - Jean Stilwell, Classical 96.3FM

For Love, Loss, and What I Wore: The Presenting Sponsor is Winners; the Delta Chelsea Hotel is the Official
Hotel; Cover FX is the preferred makeup of the cast. A portion of the production's proceeds benefit the Toronto chapter of Dress for Success. To find out more about the charity, visit www.dressforsuccess.org/toronto.


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