For The Matchmaker, costume designer Jenny Mannis performed significant research on the fashion styles of Yonkers and New York City leading up to the turn of the 20th century, the time period when the play is set. Mannis also found inspiration from the many stage and screen adaptations The Matchmaker has taken over the years. “When an iconic film of the work has been made you must decide if you’re going to let that into your mind or pretend like you don’t know it exists,” Mannis said, referencing the play’s musical adaptation Hello, Dolly! “I usually embrace it; I’m a big fan of the [Hollywood] golden era of musicals and movies.”