February 9 - March 10
Granville Island Stage
By Lynn Nottage
A richly textured love story
It’s 1905. New York City. 35-year-old Esther is an independent African-American woman who makes a good living sewing exquisite undergarments and corsets for brides-to-be. But she yearns to wear one of her own creations. When a mysterious stranger from the Caribbean strikes up a pen-pal relationship, the romance that blooms promises to fulfill all her dreams.
Running time: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission
"A compelling, elegant story…lingers in the mind" —Sarah Berman, The Vancouver Sun [Read More]
"A subtly complex tale…handsome, finely acted" —Jerry Wasserman, The Province [Read More]
"Must be experienced firsthand. I’ve never been to a show where the audience is so actively engaged with a performance; the audience reaction was stunning and added another dimension of intimacy to Lynn Nottage’s brilliant script" —Taryn Hubbard, Press Plus One [Read More]
"Timeless and heart-felt…I was reduced to tears" —Mark Robins, GayVancouver [Read More]
"Gut-wrenching…I didn’t want it to end" —Trevor Jurgens, Hummingbird604 [Read More]
"A fine, moving night of theatre that’s a must-see" —Now Toronto
"Written with wit and wisdom by Lynn Nottage…Intimate Apparel is an intimate and moving story that anyone in love with love will appreciate" —Southtown Star (Chicago)
"Thoughtful, affecting…seamless elegance" —Variety
"This is a brilliantly written play that tells an engaging story and provides an insightful commentary on societal norms and personal aspirations. The actors, the set, the costumes and the production were all simply excellent and brought this wonderful script to life. Well worth watching!"
"I really enjoyed this performance. The set was very well done and my companion and I both commented on the smooth way the scene transitions were handled. The story itself was very touching and beautifully wrapped up with our heroine back at her sewing machine, ready to start on another quilt"
"This play surpassed all expectations for everything from the set design to the storyline and especially the fine calibre of acting. The brilliance of the acting enveloped the audience and drew them into the scenes. I am tired of attending performances where I'm acutely aware of watching the characters 'act' their parts and recite lines. This was not the case at ‘Intimate Apparel,’ the depth of reality in the actors portrayal made it vibrant and very much alive!"
"LOVED LOVED it! I went with no expectations of the play. I read no reviews BUT came out of the theatre absolutely entertained. The lead role was AMAZING and the cast was GREAT! Highly recommend. Thanks to the cast for truly entertaining!!"
"This was a beautiful, moving, intelligent and just marvelous performance. The lights were delicate, the characters endearing, and the plot was captivating to the end. I recommend it to anyone who feels like immersing themselves in turn-of-the-century New York daily life of ordinary people"
"This was a very beautifully written and performed production"
"I saw Intimate Apparel last week and I was absolutely charmed by the production. So far I've seen it twice and I'm planning on going a 3rd time. I described it to my friends as a 4 course meal in a 5 star hotel. The relationships between the characters were delicious, the music was delightful, and the sets were visually so satisfying"
"Really enjoyed this production. The performers really made the characters come to life"
"Wow! What a fabulous production! I loved the layered sets and how different they were from one another. The fabrics were gorgeous and seeing them transformed to a suit, dress, or corset was amazing. The love story between Mr. Marks and Esther was so heartwarming and made you want to root for them despite their differences. Everyone should see this production!"
"Top notch performance!! Wonderful heartfelt acting, beautiful sets and costumes"
"Another excellent production! A poignant story that was very well-performed"
"I can hardly imagine to better enjoy an evening than in the theatre to see a play such as Intimate Apparel. Marci T. House is a STAR among the very good actors"
"An enjoyable evening!"
"My friends and I loved this production. The stage and lighting were great, the story beautifully told, and the acting was really wonderful. Bravo!"
"I saw Intimate Apparel two days ago and it's still on my mind. I was wowed by Jonathon Young's portrayal of Mr. Marks— he brought so much sincerity and honesty to his character. The chemistry between him and Marci T. House was rich and textured. I wish that I could cut out their scenes like a piece of fabric, sew them together, and watch them again and again. Thank you for such a beautiful performance"
—Hannah, New Westminster
"The performance by Esther kept me engaged for the full two and some hours. The apparel was exquisitely made. All in all, I would recommend this production to family and friends"
"This play held my attention like no other. The story was gripping, heartfelt, and the acting was superb. I was drawn in and shared every emotion with the actors as the play unfolded. The set design, lighting, sound, timing, emotions portrayed....I can't fault a thing! A big thumbs up!"
—Linda, North Vancouver
"Gave an intimate look at society in 1905 New York, with great acting on a brilliant set. Most thought-provoking which resulted in much discussion after the play"
Behind The Scenes
By Lynn Nottage
Starring Anna Cummer, Lesley Ewen, Daren Herbert, Marci T. House, Marsha Regis, Jonathon Young
Director John Cooper
Set Designer Pam Johnson
Costume Designer Alison Green
Lighting Designer Itai Erdal
Sound Designer Doug Balfour
Director’s Associate Diane Roberts
Stage Manager Marion Anderson
Assistant Stage Manager Ronaye Haynes
Set Design Assistant Jessica Oostergo