Costume choices for staged theater are critical to performances. The decision about what is worn during multiple performances usually involves much thought involving many factors. What one wears must be consistent with the persona of the character, must not distract the audience and must be comfortable and not restrictive to the wearer. And of course, the possibility of a wardrobe malfunction must be infinitesimal.
I’m always so proud when Hanky Panky passes all of the stringent requirements and is a costume choice. Belleville, a very fine drama by Amy Herzog is playing at NY Theater Workshop through April 14, and stars Maria Dizzia in an outstanding performance. When she’s not in her yoga outfit or skintight jeans, Maria’s character Abby wears Hanky Panky’s Poppy print boyshorts with a black bra. The New York Times review points out that the playwright “writes with perfect pitch in a minor key”. The perfect poppy panties added harmony.