Friday, February 23, 2024

Review Highlights: INTIMATE APPAREL - Arizona Theatre Company

Aaron Cammack and Tracey N. Bonner
Photo by Tim Fuller

highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through March 3

"Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel is a poignant drama that explores love, longing, and the pursuit of dreams in early 20th-century New York City. Arizona Theatre Company is currently presenting an exquisite production of this deeply resonating drama with an impeccable cast, emotionally rich direction, and gorgeous creative elements...Tracey N. Bonner is superb in the role of Esther, a woman of quiet strength and resilience. Bonner brings a sense of grace, depth, and a firm understanding of this fascinating woman who has to navigate her own way through the complexities of being a Black woman in turn-of-the-century America. ...Under the skillful direction of Oz Scott, the performances are rich, authentic, and instilled with emotion and depth...Esther's journey is deeply personal but also universal in how it invites audiences to reflect on their own relationships and dreams while reminding us of how love can transcend boundaries. Intimate Apparel is ultimately a play about hope, and Arizona Theatre Company's superb production is a testament to the power of hope and perseverance in the face of adversity and the need to hold onto your dreams no matter the cost."  - Gil Benbrook, (click here to read the complete review)

"There’s something special about the poignant universality of unrequited love.  That’s the heart of Lynn Nottage’s beautifully crafted “Intimate Apparel” which is being presented in a brilliantly staged and marvelously acted Arizona Theatre Company production....Not only is the play superb but the ATC production couldn’t be richer starting with Tracey N. Bonner’s luminously subtle and always warmly gripping Esther.  Oz Scott’s sharp direction keeps the play gliding along on an exquisite unit set that transforms into the play’s various locales with swift fluidity and definition."   -Chris Curcio, Curtain Up Phoenix (click here to read the complete review)

"One of the great and all too infrequent joys of being a theatre critic is to happen upon a show where all the stars converge to create a stellar and commanding theatrical experience. Such a moment occurred during opening weekend of Arizona Theatre Company’s production of Lynn Nottage’s INTIMATE APPAREL. The play, directed sensitively and with keen attention to detail by Oz Scott, embodies and integrates the best elements of professional staging...It is the great achievement of ATC’s ensemble, directed by Oz Scott, that Lynn Nottage’s artistic vision is vividly and fully realized. A must-see production."  - Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

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