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By Elizabeth Youngman Westphal
Special to Village News 

Take in 2 plays in a day


Last updated 10/1/2019 at 11:37pm

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Esther, played by Tamara McMillian, and Mr. Marks, played by Tom Steward, examine silk for making "Intimate Apparel."

For the first play, I saw two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage voice her great-grandmother’s life in “Intimate Apparel.”

It takes place in Lower Manhattan in 1905. Esther is still single and a virgin at 35.

At just 17 years old, Esther walked north working odd jobs, sleeping in barns, while surviving on handouts. Along the way someone taught her to sew, more specifically, to sew ladies’ undergarments.

Esther lives in the same rooming house with her sewing machine, fabricating undergarments to earn her living. She spends her entire life there.

Esther is brought...

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