Intimate Apparel

Mending a life unraveling at the seams

Esther sews elegant intimates for high society and fallen women alike, fashioning an independent path in her search for love and respect. A compelling look at the joys and sorrows of an African- American seamstress told against the rich tapestry of 1905 New York.


“quietly subversive … a defining piece of American drama”
The Observer


This beautiful story addresses the age old struggle to find intimacy and meaning while going after your dream. The themes in this play will best be appreciated by patrons 14 and older.


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Run time is approximately 2 hours with one 15 minute intermission.

Please be aware this production utilizes haze.

Feb 3-4 Cancellations

If you had tickets to the Friday, February 3 7:30pm performance or Saturday, February 4 2:00pm and 7:30pm performances of Intimate Apparel we will be glad to exchange your ticket(s) to another performance during the run of Intimate Apparel at no additional cost. Please call the Box Office at 919.962.7529, open Mon-Fri from Noon-5:00pm and 90 minutes before every show. Thank you for your understanding and we’ll see you at the theatre.



Don’t Dismiss Intimate Apparel at PlayMakers as a Mere Period Piece
By Byron Woods
January 31, 2017

Truly Beautiful ‘Intimate Apparel’
By Kate Dobbs Ariail
The Five Points Star
January 31, 2017

‘Intimate Apparel’ satisfies with engaging cast and endearing characters
By Roy C. Dicks
The News & Observer
January 30, 2017

PlayMakers’ ‘Intimate Apparel’ shows emotional range
By Keaton Eberly
The Daily Tar Heel
January 30, 2017

Lynn Nottage Intimate Apparel at PlayMakers Rep is a Story About Intimacy, Not Lingerie
By Pamela Vesper and Kurt Benrud
Triangle Arts & Entertainment
January 30, 2017

Intimate Apparel
By Garrett Southerland
Talkin’ Broadway
January 30, 2017


Theatre Picks: PlayMakers stages Lynn Nottage’s ‘Intimate Apparel’
By Roy C. Dicks
The News & Observer
January 26, 2017

Intimate Apparel at PlayMakers Repertory Company Chronicles a Black Seamstress’ Quest for Love and Respect in New York in 1905
By Robert W. McDowell
Triangle Arts & Entertainment
January 24, 2017

‘Intimate Apparel’ is a visually stunning play for the broken hearted
WRAL – What’s on Tap
January 23, 2017

Fabric of 1905: PlayMakers to open production of “Intimate Apparel”
By Cliff Bellamy
The Herald Sun
January 19, 2017