Already closed | 2h 25m | Midtown W

Sweat

From 685 member  reviews
Members say: 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.  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.'

2h 25m | Already closed | Studio 54 (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (685)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense
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Avg Score

89
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see, Relevant

See it if you want to understand why Trump won and the poverty and hopelessness of forsaken America. Nottage is a brilliant and compassionate writer

Don't see it if you enjoy only comedies or musicals

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you are concerned about jobs and unions in today's US and you want to see Pulitzer Prize worthy drama in a historic theater.

Don't see it if you are looking for a comedy or a musical or you have no interest in thinking in the theater.

97
Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy masterfully written plays full of remarkably detailed characterizations and a gut punching sense of reality.

Don't see it if you want to sit back and be dazzled by spectacle or dislike being challenged.

Also Rarely have I witnessed a play that is truly deserving of the Pulitzer... Read more Read less

90
Relevant, Must see, Great singing, Great writing, Edgy

See it if you want to experience an incredibly relevant piece by a brilliant writer. A MUCH deserved win for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama!

Don't see it if you want to bring small children to the theatre. Lots of adult themes and language may be offensive to some viewers.

95
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want to see this year's Pulitzer Prize-winning play on Broadway. What a funny yet empathetic look at blue-collar workers in today's USA

Don't see it if you aren't interested in one of the best plays on the Broadway stage today that's passionate, ambitious, and so timely. You'll be sorry.

75
Relevant, Ambitious, Slow

See it if you want to understand the impact of globalization on traditional industries.

Don't see it if you are bothered by every spoken word being yelled. Also, the show could have been shorter and tighter. Some plots lines are not important

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You want to see the plight of working-class Americans in recent years, and want to know why some people voted for the orange president.

Don't see it if You want a light night out. Fighting scenes disturb you.

85
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intense, Great acting

See it if You have an interest in social consciousness. The entire cast shines.

Don't see it if You are looking for a light script or comedy.

78
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Great acting

See it if You like to see very politically relevant plays, well acted. Bleak, but a bit hopeful about industry in the US.

Don't see it if Felt long, looking for something lighter.

84
Great acting, Intense, Resonant

See it if Really strong acting. Want something to thing about. Very intense at parts

Don't see it if You want a good set /costumes. You want something fun/funny and light hearted.

86
Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intense

See it if You want an intense drama about blue collar friends going through rough times. Acting is brilliant. Subject matter is powerfully real.

Don't see it if Racial tensions, cursing, yelling, alcoholism, violence, blue collar life are not your thing. Very heavy drama.

89
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Emotional

See it if you like poignant plays about race and the working class. I laughed, cried, got angry and mad all within 2 hrs

Don't see it if you are looking for light hearted escape theatre

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Relevant

See it if you want relevant drama about the impact of today's economic stress on family, friendship and community - an intense, personal drama.

Don't see it if You want to tune out of society's big challenges and are looking for light entertainment

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Profound

See it if You enjoy dramas on timely subjects that leave you thinking when you leave the theater.

Don't see it if You want a feel good kind of story or are looking for something light and cheery. This play will leave you with questions at the end.

70
Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in relevant, contemporary American drama.

Don't see it if you've seen it already at the Public Off-B'way.

91
Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Must see

See it if you want to see outstanding actors in an engaging story of human dynamics, though a bit long it never drags, one of the best plays I've seen

Don't see it if you are looking for an uplifting story, you need a fully satisfying ending, you are offending by profanity (though never gratuitous).

79
Great writing, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Timely

See it if you want a glimpse into working-class America when times get rough, or want to better understand people who would probably vote for Trump

Don't see it if you are looking for a light play or one that will take you far away from today rather than pull you into it with its relevancy

78
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy plays about topics very relevant in todays political climate

Don't see it if hot topics make you uncomfortable

85
Great staging, Great writing, Profound

See it if you want to expand your horizons beyond the NYC bubble. Real people suffer when their whole life revolves about a town's factory.

Don't see it if you can't identify with others.......

80
Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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.

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Must see, Masterful

See it if / to see a fearless take on how we got to where we are today politically, with characters you grow to really care about.

Don't see it if you are looking for escapism; are in the mood for a comedy.

Also The Nottage/Whoriskey team does it again. I was ruined by "Ruined" and... Read more Read less

69
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you want to see a sensitive, if heavy-handed, portrayal of blue-collar America; if you're looking for something serious and a downer

Don't see it if you want a lighthearted night; if you want something not didactic; if you want an early night (this felt very long).

90
Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Masterful, Must see

See it if You enjoy plays with fantastic writing that delves into issues of race, class, sex and immigration, extremely relevant to today

Don't see it if You're a Trump supporter who looks down on the working class and believes people are expendable and businesses should be unregulated

82
Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you like high voltage acting about painful themes of racism and fear mongering in the 80s that are equally relevant today

Don't see it if you want a feel good play and are uncomfortable with edgy disquieting themes like racism and class struggle

81
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Very topical and well-researched play, shedding light on 'forgotten' men and women. Powerful performances. Versatile set design.

Don't see it if Some monologues and plot devices seemed a tad contrived or over-articulate.


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 urge...
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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 i...
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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 obligator...
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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 ba...
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