Sweat at the Mark Taper Forum

Sweat is a rough and tumble experience. We are thrown at two men just released from prison with the question “What Happened?” The year is 2008. The first act begins to meander as it flips back 8 years to 2000. Be patient because in the second act all will jell. The play deciphers the current political climate that elected Donald Trump.  Class, gender, culture, unions, NAFTRA and immigration are seamlessly explored through each character.  The sweat refers to the manufacturing job that teeters on the edge of extinction that impacts each player.  The ending is so devastating and it comes at the audience so quickly, you can hardly digest the event. I was still struck and couldn’t even clap as the lights came up for the bows. There should be a longer pause before the well-deserved standing ovation. A thought provoking classic theater work.


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