(Susannah Clapp’s article appeared in The Observer, 6/7.)

The Ustinov Studio is making history. Lynn Nottage wrote the marvellous Intimate Apparel in 2003, but this is its British premiere. Laurence Boswell's first-rate production shows the play's power and subtlety. The focus is precise but the range is wide. It speaks more profoundly because it declaims so little. Quietly subversive, its recovery of lost lives makes this a defining piece of American drama. First Death of a Salesman: white and male. Now Rebirth of a Seamstress: black and female.


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