Intimate Apparel

The Canadian Stage partnership with Obsidian and Nightwood is bringing some interesting plays to a wider audience than might normally see them, and judging by the audience reaction, it is well received.
Obsidian’s production of Intimate Apparel, by Lynn Nottage, portrayed a time and place that few in the almost all white audience could relate to, but dealt with issues that everyone can relate to – relationships, friendships and money. Raven Dauda’s brought Esther to life – a plain, hardworking woman, so eager for love that she marries a man she barely knows. The result is disastrous – she loses her money and her husband. But she still has friends. The friendship with Mr Marks (Alex Poch-Goldin) is brilliantly developed by both actors. You feel such pain for the two of them, who are so clearly inlove, and so incapable of acting on thier desires. But they remain friends. When Esther touches his back, you want to cheer, or cry – the gesture is so moving.
A really great evening of theatre. Good play, great cast and excellent staging.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Intimate Apparel

  1. Keith says:

    I agree about the play and staging ("and So It Goes" team should take note) and, with one caveat, about the cast.Raven Dauda has received rave reviews I know, but it seemed to me as if she was in a different play from the rest of the cast: they were very natural while she was sometimes mugging away in a very cartoon fashion. Not always, but from time to time (which made it even weirder). It would have been fine in a different play, but just seemed wrong here.Still, an enjoyable evening.

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