Her fate is the subject of Lynn Nottage’s beautifully poignant play, “Intimate Apparel,” now receiving a sensitive production at Pasadena Playhouse under the direction of artistic director Sheldon Epps.
Charles McNulty – LA Times
The series of events that leads to Esther’s resolution, if somewhat predictable, was enough to get an engaged audience murmuring, gasping, and muttering. That’s to Williams’ credit. The character’s got a lot of baggage and a lot of backbone. Williams carries both with equal finesse. She wears it well.
Evan Henerson – Backstage
Elegant writing, a fascinating place and time, and an African-American heroine rarely given center-stage status transform Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel from soap opera to Outer Critics Circle Award-winning drama, as Los Angeles audiences can now (re)discover in its impeccable big-stage revival at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA
Now onstage in a handsome revival at the Pasadena Playhouse, Intimate Apparel has taut direction from Sheldon Epps and a stellar cast led by luminous Vanessa Williams as Esther.
Don Grigware – Grigware Reviews
The Pasadena Playhouse revival of Lynn Nottage’s award-winning 2003 drama, set at the turn of the century, boasts first and foremost a luminous lead performance by Vanessa Williams. In addition, artistic director Sheldon Epps’ elegant production successfully walks that fine line between stiffness and overemotionality.
Bob Verini – Variety
Director Sheldon Epps leads a fine cast in a deft, subtly calibrated production, and Williams makes a gallant, vulnerable figure of Esther.
Neal Weaver – LA Weekly
While it’s great that some plays have important messages and others are triumphs of style and wit, it’s worthwhile to remember the considerable pleasures of investing in the trials and tribulations of a sympathetic character. Such is the appeal of Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, receiving a solidly satisfying production right now at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Terry Morgan – LAist
Intimate Apparel is a fine play and a convincing melodrama.
Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA
Under the direction of Sheldon Epps, we see the tragedy of women of different social levels. Lynn Nottage’s script allows for more than one interpretation. Under Epps all the characters are operating in isolation–alone in a city crowded with people.
Jana Monji – LA Examiner
Once George comes to live with Esther in Act Two, the drama heats up, but under the direction of Sheldon Epps, the evening remains a lovely, involving, and languid affair, when it has the opportunity to be a much more moving piece as well.
Tony Frankel – Stage and Cinema
Presented by and at the Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena
Nov. 11–Dec. 2, 2012
Tuesdays through Fridays at 8:00, Saturdays at 4:00 and 8:00, Sundays at 2:00 and 7:00
Tickets: $22-$62; (626) 356-7529
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