What Do Critics Think of Sweat on Broadway?

The Verdict   What Do Critics Think of Sweat on Broadway?
The award-winning play by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage opens at Studio 54 March 26.
Michelle Wilson and James Colby in Sweat Joan Marcus

The Broadway transfer of Lynn Nottage’s award-winning new play Sweat opens March 26 at Studio 54. The production, directed by Kate Whoriskey, arrives on Broadway following an acclaimed and sold-out earlier Off-Broadway engagement, with all-but-one of the same cast in tow.

Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives working together on the factory floor. When rumors of layoffs begin to stir, rifts form, chipping away at their trust and pitting them against each other. The play, which began previews March 4, marks the Broadway playwriting debut for Pulitzer Prize winner Nottage.

The cast is made up of Carlo Albán, James Colby, Khris Davis, Johanna Day, John Earl Jelks, Will Pullen, Lance Coadie Williams, Michelle Wilson, and Alison Wright.

Read what critics thought of Sweat below. Playbill will continue to update with reviews as they are published. Playbill will continue to update with reviews as they are published.

AM New York (Matt Windman)
Chicago Tribune (Chris Jones)
The Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)
Deadline (Jeremy Gerard)
EW (Caitlin Brody)
NBC New York (Robert Kahn)
New York Daily News (Joe Dziemianowicz)
New York Times (Ben Brantley)
Newsday (Linda Winer)
Reading Eagle (George Hatza)
Time Out New York (David Cote)
Variety (Marilyn Stasio)
Vulture (Jesse Green)

Sweat was co-commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and D.C.’s Arena Stage. The play received its world premiere at OSF in July 2015 and subsequently played an acclaimed run at Arena Stage in January 2016. The Public Theater engagement, which began in November 2016, was extended three times.


The creative team is made up of scenic designer John Lee Beatty, costume designer Jennifer Moeller, lighting designer Peter Kaczorowski, and projection designer Jeff Sugg. Original music and sound design are by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen. Sweat is produced on Broadway by Stuart Thompson and Louise Gund.

Tickets, priced $59-$149, are available via Telecharge.com, by calling (212)239-6200, or at the Studio 54 Box Office (254 West 54th Street). Each day beginning at 10 AM, a limited amount of tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, via the TodayTix app.


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