Wow, just…wow. I can’t even find the words to describe how moved I was by Studio 54’s newest occupant, Sweat.
Whenever we get offered complimentary tickets, I always seize the opportunity because, let’s be real, we all love something a little more when it’s free. There’s no sacrifice or cost, except for maybe your time. Yet as rewarding as it is to work in this industry, when your job is to be in a theater every single day, it gets harder to choose spending your one day off in another theater. I faced that struggle this afternoon as I questioned whether or not I wanted to sit through a two and a half hour play on my sacred Wednesday. 145 minutes later, my jaw was on the floor and my heart was full as I stood to applaud this stunning production.
I sat engaged throughout every moment of this piece. Sweat speaks to every working-class citizen in this country as it alternates between the years 2000 and 2008; illustrating the changes, triumphs, defeats, confusion, and frustration that comes with working in this country. It was so captivating that my empathy was bouncing between each character like a pinball machine throughout the entire second act. I left Studio 54 today so grateful to have been a fraction of their audience.
Sweat it out, guys. It’s such a moving piece of theater.