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The Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena, CA 91101
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"Intimate Apparel"
106 ratings
4.1 average rating
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9 events
6 reviews
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 as to not disturb those who had the decency to show up on time. After all,...continued

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4 reviews
0 stars
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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14 reviews
25 stars
attended Nov 07 2012

Very disappointed. Extremely slow, the volume was inaudible during much of the play. George's dialog was not clear due to volume and the muffled accent. Because of this I felt much of the premise of the play lost. Dawn's part was clear and voice...continued

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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).