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  Sweat at Goodman Theatre


Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn Street Chicago

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Sweat is the scorching new play from Lynn Nottage (Ruined) that The New York Times called "keenly observed and surprisingly funny ... (it) throbs with heartfelt life." In the industrial town of Reading, Pennsylvania, a group of friends spend their days on the factory floor and their nights sharing drinks, secrets and laughs. But then layoffs and picket lines begin to erode their trust, and they find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight for self-preservation. Based on Nottage's extensive research and interviews with residents of Reading and now arriving at Chicago's Goodman Theatre after a heralded Broadway run, Sweat is a searing reflection of America's economic decline.

Thru - Apr 14, 2019

Wed, Mar 27: 7:30pm
Thu, Mar 28: 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Fri, Mar 29: 8:00pm
Sat, Mar 30: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sun, Mar 31: 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Wed, Apr 3: 7:30pm
Thu, Apr 4: 7:30pm
Fri, Apr 5: 8:00pm
Sat, Apr 6: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sun, Apr 7: 2:00pm
Tue, Apr 9: 7:30pm
Wed, Apr 10: 7:30pm
Thu, Apr 11: 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Fri, Apr 12: 8:00pm
Sat, Apr 13: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sun, Apr 14: 2:00pm

Stage: The Albert

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 312-443-3800

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  Sweat Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...I'd also say that Parson's production is the superior piece of work. He finds more humor in this piece (which might sound strange, I know) and raises the stakes far higher. He could do none of this without a cast willing to go there with him."
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Chris Jones

Daily Herald - Recommended

"...Nottage treats her characters with empathy and compassion but casts a critical eye on their arrogance, intransigence and not-so-subtle racism. They are familiar and authentically ambivalent. And she generously provides each with a soliloquy. The pained musings of Abercrumbie's well-intentioned Cynthia on her promotion and the possible motive behind it and Fitzgerald's Tracey reflecting on the now disregarded contributions of her craftsman grandfather are among the play's most moving moments. But these mostly expositional monologues sometimes feel like talking points in this socially conscious critique of vulture capitalism that often feels overstuffed."
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Barbara Vitello

Time Out Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Nottage’s script, which won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, has empathy on tap but doesn’t water it down with cheap sympathy. Nottage has done her research and it shows—sometimes a little too well, as when details of union-busting tactics threaten to drag down the storytelling. But when the play is at its best, which is most of the time, it’s like a Greek tragedy whose gods have been replaced by unseen corporate moguls. This may not be how things oughta be, but it’s a bracing study of how things are."
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Alex Huntsberger

Stage and Cinema - Highly Recommended

"...Emotionally convincing as is every minute on this Goodman stage, Sweat (a title that connects all their agonies) carries political overtones. Its world is where we are right now - and its depiction of racism as economic-based rather than visceral hatred seems very persuasive. That suggests common ground for a possible cure of red state/blue state animosities."
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Lawrence Bommer

Let's Play at ChicagoNow - Highly Recommended

"...Director Ron OJ Parson's production continues to show why he is at the top of his game as a director. ‘SWEAT' is a top notched play and sure to be one of Lynn Nottage catalog pieces for many decades. Sweat makes you feel every aspect (with some humor) of each characters fate and fears regarding their future. This play shines a light on how we look at each other and how quickly we can turn against one another when life makes us Sweat! Kudos to Goodman for bringing this exceptional play to the Albert Theatre."
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Rick and Brenda McCain

NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"..."Sweat" contrasts American ideals of opportunity and equality with American vices: racism, addiction, materialism and exploitation. Yet Nottage has a way of focusing on our culture with empathy for human weakness rather than condemnation for human failure. The Goodman's production, directed by Ron OJ Parson, unfolds with thrilling clarity to each word, allowing every member of the all-star cast to come alive. The heartbeat and the heartbreak of this play belong to us. It is impossible to look away."
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Irene Hsiao

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...In this exciting, Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Lynn Nottage shows why she's earned the title of one of the finest living contemporary playwrights in America. Staged with empathy and energy by master director, Ron OJ Parsons, this talented cast reminds audiences of how the 2016 election duped a great segment of our blue collar population and the continued disastrous effects of this administration's careless blundering. We have names and faces to go with the statistics that inform us that this country's economics have changed...but for the worse."
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Colin Douglas

Chicagoland Theater Reviews - Highly Recommended

"...To my ear and eye, "Sweat" is telling it like it was for beleaguered American workers during the end of the last century. Nottage has written a major American play and is also a major document on 20th century American social history. And she has created a collection of vibrant dramatic characters actors would kill for."
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Dan Zeff

Chicago On Stage - Highly Recommended

"...I’m just going to come right out and say it: The Goodman Theatre’s production of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer-Prize winning Sweat is just about as good as theatre can get. Director Ron OJ Parson has taken Nottage’s play and found in it even more power and nuance than the already-brilliant script has in it, if that is even possible."
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Karen Topham

PicksInSix - Highly Recommended

"...The sizzling emotional interaction of Abercrumbie and Fitzgerald–alternating between sisterhood and disdain for one another–provide the show’s powerful core performances. Kupferer is terrific in the role of the former mill worker whose career was cut short due to injury. The entertaining Cross spends most of the evening delightfully inebriated, while the friendships between the women is mirrored in the fine portrayals of the sons by Cherry and Sanchez, who, with Casillas, raise the dramatic tension of the piece to a fever pitch."
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Ed Tracy

Picture This Post - Highly Recommended

"...Gut-wrenching writing and a power-house ensemble make Sweat a production that should not be missed. Nottage’s piece may take place over a decade ago, but the story is every bit as relevant today."
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Lauren Katz

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   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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