Sweat NYC Reviews and Tickets

(684 Reviews)
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Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense

About the Show

After a successful run at the Public Theater last fall, Lynn Nottage's drama about the collision of race, class, family, and friendship in Reading, PA transfers to Broadway. 

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1015 Reviews | 420 Followers
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Intense, Intelligent

See it if You like a good blue collar drama. This is an on the money intense well acted well written Show of the decline of the middle class.

Don't see it if You don't like character development. You have to get to know these people to care about them and you will get to know them well. Read more

505 Reviews | 729 Followers
Relevant, Resonant, Slow, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you enjoy stories about working-class folks dealing with the harsh realities of life.

Don't see it if you're looking for something fresh, original, or light. Read more

520 Reviews | 107 Followers
Not edgy enough and too long

See it if you want another take on racial issues we face in this country

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play that is 2 hr and 30 mins. It's not as good as 5 sessions. Read more

470 Reviews | 91 Followers
Ambitious, Disappointing, Resonant, Relevant, Uneven

See it if a slow-moving drama on industrial jobs leaving the Rust Belt appeals, & to see the Tony-nominated turns by Johanna Day & Michelle Wilson.

Don't see it if you'll mind being bored for not insignificant stretches. Having won the Pulitzer, I expected it to have something new to say; it doesn't. Read more

446 Reviews | 67 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Overrated, The pulitzer prize! really?

See it if you want to see a well written and acted play about why our middle class blue collar population is waning. Its been done before, though.

Don't see it if you looking to escape the news about what's happening to America's working class.

398 Reviews | 160 Followers
Poignant, Thoughtful, Vital, Well-acted, Well-staged

See it if you love dramas that take slices of life (work, family, friendship) often overlooked, magnifying frictions & fissures into cautionary tales.

Don't see it if uncomfortable with moments of racism and violence; you don't want to be mentally-riveted by solid story-writing; need spectacle and music. Read more

291 Reviews | 708 Followers
Great acting, Edgy, Sad, Intense

See it if you enjoy gritty real life dramas about working class folks, with strong performances and a cool, realistic set.

Don't see it if you're looking for an uplifting experience. This one is pretty darn depressing; no happy endings here.

408 Reviews | 56 Followers
Absorbing, Disappointing, Relevant

See it if you want to see a play that deals with a timely subject that makes one think about 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 theatre's hearing devices - to no avail.

Critic Reviews (87)

The New York Times
March 26th, 2017

"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."
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Time Out New York
March 26th, 2017

"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."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
March 26th, 2017

"A worthy attempt to put serious material before a wider public...What it isn’t, I’m sorry to say, is a great play; though improved in some ways, it remains pretty much as I found it downtown: gripping but disappointing...There’s a checklist quality to the dramaturgy that begins to feel obligatory...Great drama takes place in the space between people. The interplay of ideas can of course be a part of that, but only a part. Characters aren’t pundits, and plots aren’t treatises."
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Entertainment Weekly
March 26th, 2017

"A compelling new play...'Sweat' is a fascinating study of class and opportunity, or lack thereof...'Sweat' features a truly remarkable ensemble and it’s a struggle to take your eyes off any one of its layered characters. Far timelier now than when it debuted at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival back in 2015, 'Sweat' offers a heartbreaking glimpse into the domino effect of what happens when life as you know it is pulled out from under you."
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March 26th, 2017

"Ferociously engrossing...'Sweat' never feels less than authentic — and crucial. That said, 'Sweat' still suffers from preachiness and some stilted writing that raise the volume and add exclamation points where none are necessary. This seems to have worsened in the expansion to a Broadway house, where the speechifying too often registers as harangue...These are not inconsequential flaws, but timeliness and Nottage’s uncommon empathy for each of these characters ultimately prevail."
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The Washington Post
March 26th, 2017

"Nottage bottles a flammable brand of white working-class resentment and spills it, in its superheated state, all over the stage. Audiences will readily recognize the vitriol unleashed in Nottage’s timely if too plodding drama...Its best moments anatomize the friendship among three women in the plant. How their camaraderie disintegrates is a far more nuanced bit of storytelling than the standard-issue crime-procedural track that 'Sweat' ultimately shifts onto."
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Chicago Tribune
March 26th, 2017

"Inarguably a schematic socialist drama that clearly decided in advance what it wanted to say about the state of the nation. Its conclusion is not a surprise. But—and, along with a mordant wit, this is its mitigating strength and greatest asset—'Sweat' also is a moral, passionate and richly articulated cri de coeur from one of America's leading African-American playwrights...'Sweat,' which is performed with relentless commitment and respect, feels very much of the moment."
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New York Daily News
March 26th, 2017

"The play grabs you with its ripped-from-the-headlines social and political resonance. It also loses its grip due to predictability and a miscalibrated staging...It is not a pretty picture. But it is as straight-up and real as it gets. Too bad performances frequently don’t ring true in director Kate Whoriskey’s staging. Too often actors don't look and sound like people talking, but performers emoting. It becomes distracting and pulls you out of the story."
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