PRC’s Intimate Apparel Proves Engaging and Deeply Moving

Rasool Jahan (left) and Kathryn Hunter-Williams star as Esther and Mrs. Dickson (photo by Jon Gardiner)

When the curtains first open on Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, onstage now at Playmakers Repertory Company under the direction of Raelle Myrick-Hodges, the audience is introduced to 35 year old Esther (Rasool Jahan) and immersed into the world she has created for herself stitch-by-stitch. Esther is an African-American seamstress, a maker of “intimate apparel” for… Continue reading PRC’s Intimate Apparel Proves Engaging and Deeply Moving

Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel at PlayMakers Rep Is a Story About Intimacy, Not Lingerie — About Hopes, Longing, and Pain

Intimate Apparel stars Rasool Jahan and Myles Bullock as Esther and George (photo by Jon Gardiner)

As the name suggests, Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage is a very personal drama about love and relationships, hope, desire, and dreams. It follows the story of Esther, played by Rasool Jahan in the current PlayMakers Repertory Company production, directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges. Esther is a hardworking yet plain African-American seamstress who creates fashionable lingerie… Continue reading Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel at PlayMakers Rep Is a Story About Intimacy, Not Lingerie — About Hopes, Longing, and Pain

Intimate Apparel at PlayMakers Repertory Company Chronicles a Black Seamstress’ Quest for Love and Respect in New York in 1905

Rasool Jahan (left) and Shanelle Nicole Leonard star as Esther and Mayme (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PlayMakers Repertory Company will present Intimate Apparel, Brooklyn, NY African-American playwright Lynn Nottage’s prize-winning 2004 Off-Broadway play about the life and loves of a middle-aged African-American seamstress named Esther Mills, who lives in New York City at the dawn of the 20th century, on Jan. 25-29 and Jan. 31-Feb. 5 and Feb. 7-12 in the… Continue reading Intimate Apparel at PlayMakers Repertory Company Chronicles a Black Seamstress’ Quest for Love and Respect in New York in 1905

This “Mountaintop” Never Quite Reaches Its Peak

Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop attempts to do something really great: to take an historical event that shook the world, and turn it into something new. Ms. Hall uses the last night that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spent on Earth and reworks some of the details; she tweaks and enhances and fabricates certain aspects of… Continue reading This “Mountaintop” Never Quite Reaches Its Peak

Katori Hill’s “The Mountaintop” Is an Intriguing Blend of Fact and Fiction (But Mostly Fiction)

Katori Hall’s “The Mountaintop,” onstage now at Playmakers Repertory Company in conjunction with Triad Stage of Greensboro, is a thoroughly unique play, one that explores the last night in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., through a careful blend of fact and fiction (but mostly fiction). King, portrayed by a strong-voiced and strongly… Continue reading Katori Hill’s “The Mountaintop” Is an Intriguing Blend of Fact and Fiction (But Mostly Fiction)