Intimate Apparel Plays at the Lyric Stage Company through March 14th

“In this incredibly moving and affecting play, Esther (Lindsey McWhorter) is a 35-year-old African American seamstress in 1905 Manhattan. She spends her life making beautiful intimate apparel pieces for women of all walks from wealthy socialites to spirited prostitutes. She longs for love and finds her fate upended when George (Brandon G. Green), a worker on the Panama Canal project, begins to woo her from afar. Director Summer Williams deftly mines the delicate nuances of Pulitzer prize winner Lynn Nottage’s script for a transformative theater experience. And McWhorter shines in a break-out performance. This is one not to be missed.”

Oceanside Plays at Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell through March 8th

“A world premiere by young playwright Nick Gandiello, Oceanside is a dramatic thriller that explores the unfortunate legacies of life. Gwen (Carolyn Baeumler) has moved up in the world, marrying Kevin (Allyn Burrows), the superintendent of schools for Oceanside, Long Island. They have a nice life and a nice ocean-view home. But when her troubled, alcoholic ex-husband Tommy (Joey Collins) comes to visit with news that their daughter has disappeared, Gwen’s past comes roaring back—her drinking, her lack of self-control and her awareness that nice surroundings can’t completely erase her checkered past and parenting. It’s a riveting reminder that past is always prologue.”

LIFT/ Women PowerliftersPresented by the Mayor's Gallery at Boston City Hall, on view March 2 - 31st.

“Photographer and documentarian Liane Brandon has spent decades examining women’s body image issues. Her series LIFT/Women Powerlifters looks at women powerlifters in an Everett, MA gym. Women like Jane, a grandmother and Wellesley College graduate with four world records under her belt. And Lodrina, a forensic computer expert who weighs 127 pounds and can lift an extraordinary 385 pounds. Brandon captured the women over the course of a year “breaking boundaries,” she says. “I saw what these women were doing and I met them and they’re the most engaging women, interesting, unusual.”

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