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Stepping Out

Last weekend to catch Pear Ave.’s ‘Intimate Apparel’

The Pear Avenue Theatre’s production of “Intimate Apparel” is scheduled to close Sunday in Mountain View.

Playwright Lynn Nottage’s great-grandmother, an African-American seamstress who sewed her way out of poverty, inspired the prize-winning play.

“Apparel” takes place in 1905 New York City, where a woman named Esther makes a living creating corsets and delicate lingerie.

Esther’s loneliness is relieved by a correspondence with George, a handsome young Caribbean man working on the Panama Canal, and a surprising friendship with Mr. Marks, the Hasidic haberdasher who loves to share his beautiful satins and silks with Esther and is also growing fonder of her.

Mr. Marks, however, is from a different walk of life and another race, and a relationship with him seems impossible. So Esther settles for marriage to George, which proves disastrous.

Esther’s pursuit of her dreams reflects the hopes and struggles of a woman caught by time and social constraint.

Pear Avenue Theatre veteran Troy Johnson directs. The cast includes Alicia Stamps as Esther, with Michael Wayne Rice as George and Jarrod Pirtle as Mr. Marks. The cast also includes Kendra Owens as boardinghouse owner Mrs. Dickson, Maggie Mason as society maven Mrs. Van Buren and Yhà Mourhia Wright as Mayme. Stamps and Mason are making their Pear Avenue Theatre debuts.

The production team includes Melinda Marks (assistant director), Ron Gasparinetti (set design), Sara Sparks (lighting design and stage management), Patricia Tyler (props and costumes) and Jeanie and Gordon Smith (sound design).

Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The theater is located at 1220 Pear Ave., Mountain View.

Tickets are $15-$30, with discounts available for seniors, students and groups.

For tickets and more information, call 254-1148 or visit www.thepear.org.

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