One-woman show spins yarns of life, love

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I’ve never been one to knit or crochet.

And there IS a difference. I know that now.

I’ve also never been much of a sweater-wearing guy.

But I can certainly see the benefits of all three now after having sat through “Sweater Curse: A Yarn About Love” at the Granbury Opera House.

I must admit when I first heard about the show, my initial reaction was probably that of many men. “Wow, that sounds like a chick show.”

Meet my feminine side. I was very moved by the performance of Elaine Liner, who also wrote the one-woman show. It’s a touching story of one woman’s journey through searching for love and happiness.

I laughed. I didn’t cry (on the outside, at least), but I did feel a pinch of sadness. And I smiled a lot, because the evening was one of growth.

Though she’s performed the show many times, one gets the sense that Liner grows just a little more each time she shares it with an audience. Those watching, meanwhile, also grow as they compare their own fortunes (and misfortunes) to the woman on stage.

Her story, as she says, began with Homer’s Penelope and Odysseus. He, of course, was gone for 20 years at war and at sea, while one suitor after another attempted to win her hand.

She kept them at bay by…knitting. She would knit during the day and unravel her work at night, until she was reunited with her husband.

According to Liner, the sweater curse is when someone begins knitting a sweater for someone only to then lose that person. Often it’s a breakup, but sometimes it’s even worse, such as death.

Either way, one is left with an unfinished sweater and must start over with someone new.

As expected, Liner warms up to the audience even as they warm up to her. Before long, it feels like two old friends having a conversation – well, one old friend doing all the talking, and the other listening intently, waiting for the next anectdote.

Liner pokes a little fun at a variety of things, eliciting laughs with by comparing her knitting to such as Sarah Jessica Parker (sometimes if you stare at something long enough it goes from ugly to beautiful), a popular clothing store (everyone in the future will wonder why we were all in the “Old Navy”), and even historical traditions (her own “No Hope Chest”).

Knitting, she notes, was written into plays by William Shakespeare (Anne Hathaway, his wife, not the actress – who might some day play her – apparently knitted). It also shows up in some old, great movies (such as “Now, Voyager”).

And, did you know that Fred Rogers – yes, the famous Mr. Rogers – wore a sweater in every show that was knitted by her very own mother?

“Sweater Curse” is more like spending an evening relaxing with a friend than it is a show.

And, when all is said and done in life, hopefully you don’t have to tink too much. That’s knit backwards, which sometimes you have to do when knitting as you might miss a spot and not catch it until later.

But it’s okay if a do-over is needed – in knitting and in life. Very often it turns out more beautiful.

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Where: Granbury Opera House

When: Now through Feb. 15

Showtimes: Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday matinee, 3:30 p.m.

Tickets: $15-$20

Contact: 817-579-0952 or www.GranburyTheatreCompany.org