Actor Eboni Booth makes her playwright debut with this drama about one of the only black people living in Paris, Vermont.
From the show:
Emmie is one of the only black people living in Paris, Vermont, and she desperately needs a job. When she is hired at Berry’s, a store off the interstate selling everything from baby carrots to lawnmowers, she begins to understand a new kind of isolation. A play about invisibility, being underpaid, and how it feels to work on your feet for ten hours a day.
See it if u want to see "Sweat" without the plot or action; u want a peek at the rather banal lives of workaday Americans struggling to make ends meet
Don't see it if ur looking for action, plot or bold social/political statements (or even faint ones), especially about race (which seems to be Booth's aim).
See it if Booth's taut, clear-headed script. Adams' clean staging & an exceptional cast make this drama of unfulfillment & desperation a stunning gem
Don't see it if Brevity of the work works both for & against it; characters can feel simple yet chaos of their despair rings clearly bringing Odets to mind
See it if enjoy workplace stories, plays about stilted small town life, semi-tragic character studies, characters striving to make changes
Don't see it if you don't like frustrated ambition tales or stories of denial, work place plays, characters in denial, dead-end lives in small towns
See it if Outlier workplace comedy of African-American bobbing above drowning levels in homogeneous Vermont. Don't let the sit-com banter distract.
Don't see it if Someone has to abet in all of our consumption.The injection of more darkness in that character and his usage of "your people" is superfluous
Also Ann McDonough (character Wendy) was a fave actor of Wendy Wasserstein
See it if Totally absorbing, excellent acting by all, great staging.
Don't see it if I would recommend this show but it is admittedly intense and depressing. But engaging, intelligent and worthwhile.
See it if good premise, interesting topic; some good acting; realistic set; window into the lives of people trying hard to make ends meet & survive
Don't see it if The play has potential but not there yet; pacing needs work & book needs tightening; lacks drama to keep you focused
See it if desire peek into slice of life humor and desperation of American less than minimum wage working class with race thrown in 4 good measure
Don't see it if don't want 2 empathize with plight of goodly % of American workers, don't see race, don't care where goods come from, always need the upbeat
See it if you like serious plays about social issues.Not clear to me why it was set in the 90's.Issue is the same today.Racism,shrinking middle class.
Don't see it if you expect fast paced drama, fully fleshed out characters, enthralling story.This is good, but not great.Terrific set.Uneven acting.
See it if drama about the difficulties faced by low-wage unskilled workers; quirky characters with funny dialogue especially in beginning
Don't see it if you don't want laughter to distract form the harsh economic issues or, on the other hand, if you want entertainment with no serious issues
See it if Like a midseason episode of a sitcom of quirky minimum wage store workers w/ their own struggles in a dead end job and crazy boss.
Don't see it if Like a midseason episode: not much lead up, not much plot, no resolution. Just a glimpse into their frustrating, yet real lives.
See it if enjoy exploring real life issues through the magic of live theater.
Don't see it if you hate you job, co-workers, company management, day to day work routine. This is NOT the play to help you escape from your everyday life.
See it if You like realistic dramas. Have an interest in small town life.
Don't see it if You need a gripping storyline. Are at all sleepy -- it won't keep you awake.
See it if The attention to detail and what is between the sentences is what makes this so excellent and moving--the subtext abounds and is just clever
Don't see it if Slow-paced microscopic examination of the minutiae of everyday life will not appeal to everyone especially as it examines race and class.
See it if you like well written and acted dramas; you want to see a dynamic young actress who currently is a student at Julliard
Don't see it if you like happy plays; you like musicals
See it if You want to see a play that (while good) feels more like the first act of a longer play.
Don't see it if You are a person that needs a resolution at the end. This had none and not in a way that felt ambiguous rather than abrupt.
See it if you have interest in people stuck in their lives without hope of possibilities.These are damaged people without the will or vision to change
Don't see it if you want a drama with hope.There is none here, but it is well acted even if the characters are somewhat cliched.It is not about race per se
See it if You enjoy smart compact story telling, Excellent balance of truth telling, wit and tension, impressive turn by Christopher Dylan White
Don't see it if If you blame people for the economic hardships or racial barriers they face or you are looking for a fluffy night out
See it if You want a slice of life of the working poor and the slow burn of under earning.
Don't see it if You like traditional plays that have a a blatant plot.
See it if ..depiction of oppression & struggles of minimum wage ($5.00/hr) workers in a big box store in Vermont. Very reminiscent of "Skeleton Crew"
Don't see it if low wage workers' struggles don't interest you.
See it if you want to be happy and sad at the same time. See it if the play, "Sweat," resonated with you. See it for great acting all around.
Don't see it if you cannot feel for people who work hard but don't make ends meet.
See it if you like comedic but depressing slice-of-life shows that deal with the intersection of racism and poverty
Don't see it if you prefer sweeping, epic dramas or if you like your plays to provide you with answers and not just questions
See it if depressing slice-of-life play in a small town showing demeaning and dehumanizing work in a big box store
Don't see it if you want to see cliched and unrealized one dimensional characters. Main character is a major problem with no true feelings or insight