Annabelle Gurwitch

An 'Effort' that feels familiar at Skylight Theatre

An 'Effort' that feels familiar at Skylight Theatre

“When you slip on a banana peel, people laugh at you. But when you tell people you slipped on a banana peel, it's your laugh,” the late Nora Ephron once wrote, neatly summing up the power of self-deprecating comedy.

The voice Ephron developed in her essays — honest, acerbic, sweetly subversive — echoes throughout women’s writing today. The actress and writer Annabelle Gurwitch’s book “I See You Made an Effort,” on the indignities of turning 50, is a kind of junior varsity version of Ephron’s book “I Feel Bad about My Neck,” on the indignities of being 65. And these are just two of the voices speaking openly these days about menopause, a topic once cloaked in shame.

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