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The Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena, CA 91101
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4.1 / 5 Rated by 106 members
Review from Paula Mitchell
Red Velvet 217 events 99 reviews

Soooo glad I had a chance to see this AWESOME play as each character brought a different dimension making it an enjoyable experience. As women, we have many choices in life, just have to learn to make the right one and if we don't just get back up...continued

reviewed Nov 14 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Jim
Red Velvet 493 events 94 reviews

My most important comment is to suggest that you get one of those devices that help with the sound right away. As several reviewers say, it can be difficult to hear. No cost. Just leave your driver’s license. I got mine at the intermission and...continued

reviewed Nov 10 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Jazzy
Red Velvet 100 events 35 reviews

Wonderful play at a lovely venue.

reviewed Nov 06 2012 report as inappropriate
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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).

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