October 23, 2018 - November 25, 2018
By Lynn Nottage | Directed by Vincent M. Lancisi
SEARING. BOLD. COULDN'T BE MORE OF THE MOMENT. HAUNTS YOU ON THE WAY OUT OF THE THEATER AND ALL THE WAY HOME.
- THE BALTIMORE SUN
LEAVES [YOU] STUNNED... FRIGHTENINGLY CREDIBLE. YOU SIMPLY CANNOT WALK AWAY INDIFFERENT TO THE FATE OF THESE CHARACTERS.
5 OUT OF 5 STARS. IMPOSSIBLE TO LOOK AWAY FROM. [A] FAR-REACHING, EMOTIONALLY RUTHLESS DRAMA.
- DC THEATRE SCENE
POWERFUL THEATRE. EMOTIONALLY PACKED. DURING THE ELECTION SEASON, IT'S A GOOD TIME TO SEE THIS WORK.
Having grown up side-by-side in small-town working-class America, best friends Tracey and Cynthia went from fun-loving schoolchildren to saloon-loving adults who work together on a steel manufacturing line. In a tight-knit community like this one, however, it takes but one fracture in its core for the breaking point of friendship to be seismically tested. Inspired by field research and first-person testimonials collected in Reading, PA, Lynn Nottage’s unflinching, intensely researched, and Pulitzer-winning slice-of-life drama, Sweat, captures the pressure cooker of NAFTA-inflicted trying times—where a lethal combination of layoffs, lockouts, and picket lines sends the Rust Belt way of life into crisis.