Unseamly OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    October 8, 2015
    Closing:
    November 8, 2015

    Theater: Urban Stages / 259 W 30th St, New York, New York, 10001

    Synopsis: 

    The Standard is a popular international clothing company known for their risqué billboards of nearly-naked models. It is during Malina’s time there as a store manager that she faces harassment and assault. She is desperate to press charges, but her CEO boss, Ira, paints a picture of an opportunistic young girl he practically had to fight off. In a sexually-charged industry - what is ethical? What is the truth? And who is really getting hurt? You decide.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Unseamly

    In ‘Unseamly,’ a Woman Takes On an Apparel Tycoon

    Andy Webster

    October 16, 2015: A “Rashomon” about sexual harassment, Oren Safdie’s thought-provoking “Unseamly,” now at Urban Stages, is about the elusive, selective nature of memory in the age of Dov Charney, the ousted chief executive of American Apparel, and the fashion photographer Terry Richardson. Before the show begins, we see a young woman onstage in a smart blue mini-dress and black boots, spinning idly in an office armchair while a wall video montage (by Nicholas Blade Guldner) presents a flurry of glossy glamorous images: cars, cityscapes, a dapper gentleman. The woman, Malina (Gizel Jimenez), is meeting a lawyer, Adam (Tommy Schrider), in hopes of pursuing a lawsuit against her former employer, Ira Slatsky (Jonathan Silver). Hired at 17, she worked for Ira, a clothing manufacturer, for over two years. Hoping she might appear in his famously salacious billboards, she entered a relationship fraught with blunt chauvinism and blithely brazen demands. Or so she says. The fastidious Adam is initially skeptical about taking on her case.

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