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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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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."


The Lyric Stage Dons ‘Intimate Apparel’ With Grace
All of the performances are satisfying, especially those by Cheryl D. Singleton as Esther’s compassionate if cautionary landlady and Nael Nacer as the orthodox fabric purveyor whose respect for cultural tradition has him as cinched in as one of Esther’s corsets would. At the heart of the work, of course, is Esther, in a lovely performance by the expressive Lindsey McWhorter. Like Singleton’s Mrs. Dickson, McWhorter’s shy but steely Esther is possessed of an earthy, spontaneous laugh that, however repressed she is, seems to spring from a joyful center and hint at roiling emotional depths.


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