Intimate Apparel

Intimate Apparel
By Lynn Nottage

October 9-17, 2015
Intimate Apparel
Principal People: 

Director Jennifer L. Nelson

Event Attributes

Estimated Length: 
2 hours and 20 minutes including intermission
Program Notes: 

Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage explores the strength of the human spirit through the story of Esther, an African American seamstress in New York in 1905 when social and class lines were clearly drawn and seemingly impassible. Directed by Helen Hayes Award nominee Jennifer Nelson.

Review by The Diamondback

These three women are perfect plot devices. They establish the central theme of the play not as racial tension — though it does surface — but the woes and throes of love, a timeless motif that is the same now as it was more than 100 years ago.

MIRANDA JACKSON, The Diamondback, October 13, 2015

Review by Unprofessional Opinion

The beauty of this production is the marriage of a brilliant script and a remarkably talented cast and crew. With Intimate Apparel, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage demonstrates a masterful example of intelligent and entertaining storytelling.

—  Unprofessional Opinion, October 13, 2015

Review by DC Metro Theater Arts

Sound design by Mark Anduss included ragtime piano motifs that set the mood throughout the play. At the end of each act, Esther posed for a “photo,” with a projected caption reading “Unidentified Negro” – a cold reminder of how her identity was lost with the passage of time and the passing of those who knew her story.

EMILY SCHWEICH, DC Metro Theater Arts, October 12, 2015