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Rousuck's Review: "Sweat" at Baltimore's Everyman Theatre

Photography by Clinton Brandhagen

Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck joins us each week with a review of one of the region's many thespian offerings. This week, she spotlights Sweat, a Pulitzer-Prize winning drama about working class life in rural America playing at Baltimore's Everyman Theatre.

Published in 2015, Sweat earned acclaim for its powerful portrayal of poverty in the United States. Playwright Lynn Nottage interviewed residents of Reading, Pennsylvania, one of the nation's poorest cities, while researching the project. The story focuses on Tracey and Cynthia, two best friends played by Deborah Hazlett and Dawn Ursula, as the factory they work for lays off its employees and relocates to Mexico. Everyman Theatre founding Artistic Director Vincent M. Lancisi directs.

Everyman Theatre's production of Sweat runs through Thanksgiving weekend. Check here for ticket information.

J. Wynn Rousuck has been reviewing theater for WYPR's Midday (and previously, Maryland Morning) since 2007. Prior to that, she was the theater critic of The Baltimore Sun, where she reviewed more than 3,000 plays over the course of 23 years. Her feature coverage for The Sun included a comprehensive series chronicling the development of the Tony Award-winning musical, “Hairspray.” Judy got her start at The Cleveland Press and at Cleveland’s fine arts radio station, WCLV. Her broadcasting experience also includes a year as an on-air theater critic for Maryland Public Television.
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