REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Sweat” Opened with a ShowScore of 81

Show-Score | Mar 27, 2017
“Sweat,” written by Lynn Nottage and directed by Kate Whoriskey, opened on March 26, 2017 in New York City. “Sweat,” written by Lynn Nottage and directed by Kate Whoriskey, opened on March 26, 2017 in New York City.


58 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 80.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 75
"Bracingly topical...Though it is steeped in social combustibility, 'Sweat' often feels too conscientiously assembled, a point-counterpoint presentation in which every disaffected voice is allowed its how-I-got-this-way monologue...'Sweat' is best at its muddiest, when love and hate, and the urges to strike out and to comfort, teeter in precipitous balance. That’s when Ms. Nottage’s characters, and the cast members who embody them, emerge in their full tragic humanity."
David Cote
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 90
"Nottage’s passionate and necessary drama is a masterful depiction of the forces that divide and conquer us...Director Kate Whoriskey’s fluid and propulsive staging benefits from an excellent cast led by the fearless triad of Johanna Day, Michelle Wilson and Alison Wright...'Sweat' communicates its points with minimal fuss and maximum grit. Along with the rage, despair and violence, there's humor and abundant humanity."
Matthew Murray
Talkin' Broadway
ShowScore: 85
"Nottage has not done a lot of complex narrative crafting here. But what she has done is strong and smart, and addresses the many simmering tensions on which the play is constructed...Nottage does not shy from exploring, occasionally in brutal fashion, how America's ever-evolving work life changes the souls of those who are subjected to it. 'Sweat' ultimately feels real because the people in it who are sweating feel real...Whoriskey's staging is fluid, sharp, and honest."

“Sweat” was also reviewed by George Hatza of Reading Eagle, Caitlin Brody of Entertainment Weekly, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Yvonne Korshak of Let's Talk Off-Broadway, Robert Kahn of WNBC, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, Peter Marks of The Washington Post, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, David Finkle of The Clyde Fitch Report, Matt Windman of AM New York, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, and Samuel L. Leiter of Theatre's Leiter Side.


The show was also reviewed by 234 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 81.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing

Bruce 6302, ShowScore: 78
See it if…"You want to see a play that deals with a timely subject that makes one think about a business' obligation to its workers." 
Don't see it if…"You have a problem hearing because words are muddled in the fast dialogue. I tried the theater's hearing devices to no avail."
Thomas 12, ShowScore: 80
See it if…"You want to see a well-written drama with some great performances. This piece is a really interesting look at how we got to present life."
Don't see it if…"You are expecting the next big hit play and spectacle. It is simple. Also, if you have no interest in small-town America."
stephanie 35, ShowScore: 79
See it if… "You are looking to see a powerful and thought-provoking play. The first half is slow but the story picks up in the second half." 
Don't see it if…"You want to watch something happy and uplifting."

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