Venue Details

532 Star Starred
The Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena, CA 91101
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Member Tips

Parking for a reasonable fee immediately across the street and behind the theater.
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Business casual would be appropriate. It is the theater after all.
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Some drinks at the venue. Plenty of restaurants within walking distance.
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Linda Gomez
I always bring a light jacket or sweater just in case it's too cold but this time it was too warm.
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Goldstar Member
The venue, Pasadena Playhouse became very warm/hot around intermission.
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Willard Christine
The theater was not crowded, yet there was a long line in the ladies' room during intermission.
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Reviews & Ratings

103 ratings
4.1 average rating
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3 stars
attended Nov 06 2012

Great show! Great actors! The Pasadena Playhouse is a lovely venue. My only complaint is that they should require late-comers to wait until a scene change to enter so... continued

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attended Nov 06 2012

Really enjoyed this play. There were some nice performances particularly Mr Armstrong. Some interesting surprises in the storyline, which is always a good thing. Worth seeing.

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2 reviews
1 stars
attended Nov 06 2012

I went to the Preview of this play. I thought it was a great representation of what life would have been like for a skilled black woman wanting to conform to society but hesitant to do so..... back in the 1900's. Loved it!!

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In Intimate Apparel, the time is 1905 in New York City and Esther, a middle-aged, black seamstress, has learned to make ends meet by teaching herself to sew beautiful and delicate lingerie for her uptown and downtown clientele. After nearly two decades of loneliness and watching the younger and prettier girls come and go in the boarding house she rents from, Esther finds solace and possible romance in letters from George, a handsome, young Caribbean man working on the Panama Canal.

Re-energized by his affectionate words, but hindered by illiteracy, Esther confides in two of her patrons, Mrs. Van Buren, a rich white socialite, and Mayme, a prostitute, to pen her letters back to George. Meanwhile, Esther’s heart also seems to lie with Mr. Marks, the Hasidic shopkeeper who relishes in sharing his exquisite finds of satins and silks and has also grown increasingly fond of Esther. But the impossibility of their match is obvious to them both, so Esther settles for a marriage to George.

He subsequently manages to frivolously spend all of her life savings on whores and liquor – dashing all of Esther’s hopes of opening a beauty salon. Once again penniless and alone, Esther reluctantly returns to her sewing machine to refashion her dreams from the cloth of her life’s experiences.


Intimate Apparel_ is the winner of the 2004 New York Drama Critics Circle Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play.

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes (includes a 15-minute intermission).