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545 Star Starred
The Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena, CA 91101
626-356-7529
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The weather was Sunny and Hot!. I wore Jeans, tank, and heels.
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The best location in the theatre are front orchestra seats between #10-25. orchestra. The mezzanine probably had a good view also, but was sold out when I purchased tickets.
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4 reviews
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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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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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attended Nov 06 2012

First, the star, Vanessa Williams, is not the actress you are expecting to see. Also, the first act is too long and slow moving, and some of the actors are nearly impossible to understand, particularly the male lead. It could be a good play, with...continued

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Website

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Description

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.

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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).