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. More…
'Sweat' tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the line of a factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in the hard fight to stay afloat. 'Sweat' delves into the tragic, unintended costs of community without opportunity. Written by Lynn Nottage, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of 'Ruined.'
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.
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.
See it if you are interested in working class stories and the views of locals about immigrants and job availability.
Don't see it if you are looking for a light and fun show or do not particularly care for working class struggles.
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.
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.
See it if You are interested in a play focused on the plight and reality of many Americans
Don't see it if You want a happy escape or are not interested in a play that centers around unions
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.
See it if you like a strong relevant script that deals with union disintegration, and blue collar workers. Heartbreaking and riveting.
Don't see it if You prefer musicals or comedies.
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.
See it if Moving depiction of the plight of blue collar, union workers - the disintegration of their world unfolds onstage. Couldn't be more relevant.
Don't see it if Message is driven home a bit heavy-handedly. The acting is superb, & you get to know & care about each character. I was deeply moved.
See it if you enjoy high drama. Intermission allows you to regroup & breathe before the big blow. Bounces around a bit but resolves itself by the end.
Don't see it if you want lite theatre w/o having to think. I don't know about Pulitzer Prize material, but it IS well-written and extremely well-performed.
See it if Great topical drama to which everyone can relate. Pulitzer prize winner is gritty and realistic.Terrific ensemble acting.
Don't see it if You are looking for a light comedy.This play requires your complete attention.
See it if you are interested in a modern story examining race and class in today's America/you want to support a female playwright of color
Don't see it if are not okay with non-linear storytelling/need to have all elements of the plot wrapped up nicely
See it if the characters may be blue collar but each is rich, complex and compelling. Brilliant script, well designed sets. Don't miss this. Excellent
Don't see it if You want to see something happy or light.
See it if you like intense, talky drama with sudden scene and time jumps. This is more about the characters lives entwining than anything else.
Don't see it if you're expecting something overtly political or "Trumpian." It addresses grievances of Pennsylvanian factory workers in a holistic manner.
See it if the human condition, especially in times of plant closings & the consequences interest you. Should have won a Tony!
Don't see it if you don't want to see anything that might make you sad.
See it if Brilliantly acted and timely politically charged production of friends/co-workers torn apart bringing out the worst in them, due to fears.
Don't see it if Do not like politically and racially charged dramas showing how "ugly" one can become when riddled with fear. This is an eye opener.
See it if You want to see a MASTERFUL piece of work about the REAL world we live in!!!
Don't see it if you want to bury you head in the sand (like Donald Trump and not understand what we all need to get along in this ever-changing world.
See it if you are interested in a very relevant piece of theatre. This takes place in current America and is related to the current political climate.
Don't see it if you do not like sad shows. The story is very depressing and most characters have very sad fates.
See it if enjoy well written and performed drama about working class life & struggles.
Don't see it if you are looking for a light hearted or fun time at the theater.
See it if you appreciate the playwright and want to see her work, for a very fine cast, for a story with resonance and relevance to current politics
Don't see it if you are looking or hoping for new insights or the quality of writing in Ruined.