Nearly two years ago, theatergoers began flocking to Broadway to see “Hamilton,” a transfer from the smaller Public Theater downtown. “Hamilton” is a happy tale: A West Indies immigrant makes good in America, and helps his new country thrive.
This spring, theatergoers can take in another Public transfer on Broadway. This one’s not a happy story.
“Sweat” is about a factory town at the beginning of the 21st century. But it’s far more relevant for New Yorkers than residents here might think. And they should see it so as to have more empathy for people who voted for President Trump.
Playwright Lynn Nottage’s setting may be as far away to many New Yorkers as Hamilton’s 18th century. It’s the year 2000, and factory workers in Reading, Pa., are nursing their millennial New Year’s hangovers. The economy is humming along nicely, and few people are interested in the presidential election.