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“Sweat”—A Passionate Portrait of U.S. Workers, at ACT, S.F.

“Sweat”—A Passionate Portrait of U.S. Workers, at ACT, S.F.

Millennial Notes Lynn Nottage’s Masterpiece Shines Bright Light on Rust Belt by Beau McGlasson Battered billboards loom over a local watering hole, a caustic picture of America’s Rust Belt. Lynn Nottage’s “Sweat,” winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, brilliantly paints a stark contrast between the warm wood-paneled local bar and the harsh, worn-out billboards hovering overhead. It’s spring of 2000, and her Reading, Pennsylvania steel workers cling to hard, dangerous jobs and dwindling pay—tinder waiting for a spark. Steel-workers celebrate…

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“Red Speedo” Exposes Our Competitive Madness, at Center REP, Walnut Creek

“Red Speedo” Exposes Our Competitive Madness, at Center REP, Walnut Creek

Lucas Hnath’s Dramedy Scales Shakespearean Heights by Barry David Horwitz “This is a man …” says the anxious man in suit and tie, pacing poolside, and pointing at a blond, muscled swimmer in a red Speedo, who is hunched over and depressed. We are looking at a vast and shabby indoor pool. The stage features an actual swimming lane of that pool, full of chlorinated water–with red, white, and blue plastic floaters. You can’t ask for a funnier or more…

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