★★★★ (out of 4)
– Chicago Sun-Times

★★★★★ (out of 5)
– Time Out Chicago

"Sweat at Goodman Theatre [is] better than Broadway's"
– Chicago Tribune

Mar 9 - Apr 21, 2019 in Goodman's Albert Theatre

Around 2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission


Explosive drama: still made in America.

Direct from Broadway comes a Pulitzer Prize-winning collision of race, class and friendship at a pivotal moment in America. A group of friends in a Rust Belt town has spent their lives sharing secrets and laughs on the factory floor. But when layoffs begin to chip away at their trust, they’re pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight. “Writing at the peak of her powers,” Lynn Nottage (Ruined) has crafted “a superb, vital contribution to contemporary drama that could not be more timely” (The New York Times).

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Critical Praise
Audience Response
  • A great show with so many layers. The acting was superb and the production first-rate.

    Barbara Y. via Facebook

  • The best drama and acting I've seen. Thanks for a great show!

    Pat P. via Twitter

  • Wonderful, powerful production. Very intense and so thought-provoking. We just talked about the play and its message all the way home. Bravo.

    Nicole G. via Facebook

  • Powerful, relevant, timely, engaging and really worth seeing. The storylines weave past history and current events in a compelling way. The acting is outstanding!

    Debra S. via Facebook

  • Earth-shatteringly good theater. Saw it today. Can't remember the last time I was so invested in a play. Excellent cast.

    Joan M. via Facebook

  • Great ensemble piece, terrific acting. You know these people: topical, honest writing.

    Patrick M. via Facebook

  • Lynn Nottage

    Lynn Nottage Playwright

  • Ron OJ Parson

    Ron OJ Parson Director

  • Tyla Abercrumbie

    Tyla Abercrumbie Cynthia

  • Felipe Carrasco

    Felipe Carrasco Jason

  • Steve Casillas

    Steve Casillas Oscar

  • Ronald L. Conner

    Ronald L. Conner Evan

  • Chaon Cross

    Chaon Cross Jessie

  • Kirsten Fitzgerald

    Kirsten Fitzgerald Tracey

  • Keith Kupferer

    Keith Kupferer Stan

  • Edgar Sanchez

    Edgar Sanchez Chris

  • André Teamer

    André Teamer Brucie

  • Kevin Depinet

    Kevin Depinet Set Designer

  • Mara Blumenfeld

    Mara Blumenfeld Costume Designer

  • Keith Parham

    Keith Parham Lighting Designer

  • Richard Woodbury

    Richard Woodbury Sound Designer

  • Martine Kei Green-Rogers

    Martine Kei Green-Rogers Dramaturg

  • Alden J. Vasquez

    Alden J. Vasquez Production Stage Manager

  • Jonathan Nook

    Jonathan Nook Stage Manager

  • Adam Belcuore

    Adam Belcuore Casting

Talks & Events
  • Drinks & Discussion Events

    Drinks & Discussion Events

    Throughout the run

    Enhance your theater-going experience with one of our Drinks & Discussion Series events! Stay after select performances for a Post-Show Discussion and a complimentary glass of wine, or come early to select performances for a PlayTalk Session and a complimentary glass of wine.


Recommended Reads
  • Chicago Sun-Times

    Working-Class Frustrations Boil Over in a Most Powerful "Sweat"

    From Chicago Sun-Times's Catey Sullivan

    "Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Sweat” is both a story you already know and one you don’t. That paradox drives the heartbeat of Nottage’s unblinking look at a once-prosperous city bottoming out in an abyss it won’t rise from in the lifetime of its struggling residents."


  • Chicago Tribune

    "Sweat" at Goodman Theatre: Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize Winner Set in a Factory Town is Now in Chicago—And Better than Broadway's

    From Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones

    "Playwright Lynn Nottage's potent and powerful Sweat, which won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2017 and can now be seen for the first time in Chicago at the Goodman Theatre, comes closer than any recent play to attempt to voice the feelings of (in this case) union workers in a Pennsylvania steel town in 2010, long-serving folk whose decent contract is slowly whittled away by a company salivating over the savings promised by the North American Free Trade Agreement."


  • Time Out Chicago

    Time Out Chicago Gives "Sweat" ★★★★★ (out of 5)

    From Time Out Chicago's Alex Huntsberger

    "Set in Reading, Pennsylvania, Nottage’s 2015 drama is a portrait of blue-collar collapse and an inquiry into the cold-blooded murder of the American Dream. Chief among the many culprits is a capitalist system that treats workers like disposable parts. But when those workers don’t stand together, they look for easier targets to blame—including, usually, people who don’t look like them."


  • Q&A with "Sweat" Actor Edgar Sanchez

    An Interview with N'DIGO's TJ Armour

    "N’DIGO recently caught up with Sanchez to learn about his acting influences, how he prepares for each show, and the surprising way he leisurely makes money in his spare time."


  • Ron OJ Parson Shares Insight on Directing "Sweat" and Revolutionary Theater

    An Interview with Rolling out's Eddy "Precise" Lamarre

    "Parson returns to the Goodman to direct the Pulitzer Prize-winning Sweat by playwright Lynn Nottage. Rolling out spoke with Parson about his perspective as a director and why the theater is important to Black culture."


  • Reading, Pennsylvania: A Brief History

    Resident Dramaturg Neena Arndt on the Setting of Sweat

    "Lynn Nottage sets her play Sweat in Reading, Pennsylvania—a once-prosperous city 48 miles northwest of Philadelphia—captivated by its early 21st century economic struggles. Reading’s story, from its earliest pre-Revolutionary beginnings to its apex in the 1930s to its current state of economic decline, mirrors that of many cities across the nation that have undergone sweeping changes in their economic landscapes."


  • Blue Collar Blues

    Playbill's Thomas Connors on the Appeal of Sweat

    "Set in a bar in blue-collar Reading, Pennsylvania (one of the poorest cities in the country), Sweat moves back and forth between 2000 and 2008 as it charts the achievements and defeats of residents whose lives depend upon the fortunes of a local factory."



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Touch Tour and Audio Described performanceTouch Tour and Audio-Described Performance
Saturday, April 6: 12:30pm Touch Tour & 2pm Performance
Sunday, April 14: 2pm Performance (without Touch Tour)

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American Sign Language Interpreted PerformanceAmerican Sign Language-Interpreted Performance
Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30pm

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Open Caption Performance Open-Captioned Performance
Saturday, April 13 at 2pm

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