Garment industry partisans aside, who knew the unrolling of a few yards of imported fabric could be such a palpably sensual, nearly religious experience? Or that unalloyed goodness, usually the deadliest dramatic character quality, could be such an enthralling property in a leading lady? Mostly, fans of Lynn Nottage’s award-winning play, Intimate Apparel, and actress Viola Davis. She plays an African-American seamstress in 1905 Manhattan whose only romantic thrills have been vicarious, through hooker or high-society clients. When this 35-year-old virgin gets courted via mail by an overseas suitor, you almost don’t need the inevitable disappointments of Act 2; the initial glee in her suddenly hopeful, hard-won grin is heartbreak enough. Davis does an unforgettable job of honoring all those women whose souls found song sitting behind a Singer.
Intimate Apparel Garment industry partisans aside, who knew the unrolling of a few yards of imported fabric could be such a palpably sensual, nearly religious ...Intimate ApparelLynn Nottage Garment industry partisans aside, who knew the unrolling of a few yards of imported fabric could be such a palpably sensual, nearly religious ...2004-09-03
Starring: Viola Davis; Director: Daniel Sullivan; Author: Lynn Nottage
Posted September 3 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT
- Diva Layla El retires from WWE
- Woody Allen says private life doesn't resonate in his films
- 'Law & Order' director arrested on child pornography charges
- 'Secret in Their Eyes' gets new release date
- 'Friends' creator: Those $1 million cast salaries were 'ridiculous'
- See a clip from Lifetime's 'The Unauthorized Full House Story'
- NatGeo announces 'Big Game of Thrones,' admits HBO won't let them keep title
- Stars go back to work! 'Scandal,' 'Arrow,' 'The Good Wife,' more return to set
- Charlie Hunnam and Excalibur glisten in 'King Arthur' first look photos
- Here are the 2015 games we're looking forward to most
- #50Scoops50Days: Keep up with the latest in fall TV news
- Ashley Madison profiles for TV's most famous adulterers
- Tyra Banks, The Madden Bros., Taylor Schilling & More!