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  • February 13, 2015 - March 14, 2015


    From the author of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Intimate Apparel is a loving and evocative portrait of Esther, an independent but lonely African American seamstress in early 20th-century Manhattan who earns a living sewing exquisite lingerie for wealthy socialites uptown, and women of ill repute downtown.  When Esther receives a letter from a stranger who is laboring on the Panama Canal, she begins a long-distance courtship with him, only to discover that he is not all that he seems.  Disillusioned but unbroken, Esther reluctantly returns to her sewing machine to refashion her dreams from the cloth of her life’s experiences. 

    "This haunting play is the most fulfilling event of the season." – New York Post


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Jared Bowen Recommends: Intimate Apparel
“In this incredibly moving and affecting play, Esther (Lindsey McWhorter) is a 35-year-old African American seamstress in 1905 Manhattan. She spends her life making beautiful intimate apparel pieces for women of all walks from wealthy socialites to spirited prostitutes. She longs for love and finds her fate upended when George (Brandon G. Green), a worker on the Panama Canal project, begins to woo her from afar. Director Summer Williams deftly mines the delicate nuances of Pulitzer prize winner Lynn Nottage’s script for a transformative theater experience. And McWhorter shines in a break-out performance. This is one not to be missed.”


Boston Globe Review: Finely crafted ‘Apparel’ from Lyric Stage’s ensemble
"Delicately detailed performances." "Evening full of nuance and emotional complexity that complement this heartbreaking and heroic tale." "Not one moment of this play feels forced or insincere." "Extraordinary insight." "These performances are so strong that the memory of these women, and men, will stay with you long after the lights go up."


Intimate Apparel Beautifully Tailored At Lyric
"Told with grace, dignity and even poetry, it is a wonderful shared experience." "Superb staging." "Talented Actors." "A compelling expression of this journey in the form of a brilliant theatrical event." "This Lyric Stage Company production is a high point of Boston's theatre season."


"Nael Nacer oozes warmth and humanity." "A tribute to all the Esthers of the time who fought the good fight in search of the American Dream."


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