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  • Sweat Girls Are a Gaga!
    Agog, aghast, and goin' gray about it.
  • Sweatilicious
    The Sweat Girls kiss and tell. Delicious true-life tales of fantasy, desire, and hanky panky. From seducing a priest, to kissing the whole baseball team, the Sweat Girls truly embrace their hot mama past and present.
  • Sweatily Ever After
    The Sweat Girls are spinning tales, twirling toes and casting a spell or two.
    Solo performance with music, movement and wands!
  • Sweat Etiquette
    The Sweat Girls reveal well-mannered ways to schvitz in this evening of solo monologues.
  • The Sweat Girls Are ... Coiffed & Dangerous
    ... hunted down by life's challenges. But when life seizes the Sweat Girls, they seize back!
  • Sweat Girls: the Life of the Party!
    This 60-minute dish of a show is more fun than mini egg rolls! Painful, honest, hilarious.
  • Cirque du Sweat
    Under the big top, the Sweats put an inventive spin on the transitions everyone faces in the "middle years." Sparkle and splendor meet head on with sweat.
  • The MotherLode
    Sweat Girls and their moms on stage. Anyone who's ever had a mother, been a mother, or simply witnessed a mother can appreciate this gold mine. Heartfelt but not precious.

The Sweat Girls Are a Ga Ga!

Legs and faces

We're agog, aghast, and goin' gray about it ... Well, maybe not literally gray. Some of us are attached to the color our hair USED to be! But we are willing to share on this as we "illuminate the extraordinary within the usual and the profundity in the everyday" (Windy City Times).

Written and performed by Caroline Andres, Cindy Hanson, Clare Nolan, Martie Sanders, and Pamela Webster.



Sweatilicious

Towels on heads

The Sweat Girls kiss and tell. Delicious true-life tales of fantasy, desire, and hanky panky. From seducing a priest, to kissing the whole baseball team, the Sweat Girls truly embrace their hot mama past and present.

Written and performed by Cindy Hanson, Dorothy Milne, Clare Nolan, Martie Sanders, and Pamela Webster.



Sweatily Ever After

witch hat and apple

Once upon a time in a land far ... (well, in a kitchen) there was a gaggle of gals who gathered to gab over a bubbling cauldron and a little red wine. As they spoke of the world, these gals spun a tale or two. Into the tales they wove the twang of a lute, the wart of a newt and the twirl of a toe ... and Sweatily Ever After came to life.

Join the Sweat Girls at the cauldron. Sip of the potion and take a seat on Rapunzel's ginormous braid. Enjoy their live music, dance (Goddess help them!), and those signature monologues that critics call "brutally honest and dazzlingly hilarious." This is a Sweat-style tale. You can expect to be spellbound, but don't look for fairy dust cuz with the Sweat Girls, the truth is the magic.

Written and performed by Dorothy Milne, Clare Nolan, Martie Sanders, and Pamela Webster.



Sweat Etiquette

witch hat and apple

Pat, don't rub, wear cotton, and use caution! When sweat stains your gown, smile politely, don't frown! In this evening of solo monologues the Sweat Girls reveal well-mannered ways to schvitz. How does one handle a case of the shingles while visiting her mother? ... or break up with her therapist? ... or chat with a deceased pal? The answers to these queries and more are brought to you in an evening that is "dazzlingly hilarious and brutally honest" (Chicago Reader).

Written and performed by Cindy Hanson, Dorothy Milne, Clare Nolan, Martie Sanders, and Pamela Webster.



The Sweat Girls Are ... Coiffed & Dangerous

Lampshades on heads

... hunted down by life's challenges. But when life seizes the Sweat Girls, they seize back. In this sly and witty show the girls chase after the ethereal ... and go at it like a pack of she-wolves. They sniff it out in a moment of road rage, while caught in a big lie, at the acupuncturist's clinic, in inherited talents, and at the bottom of a river in Thailand.

Written and performed by Cindy Hanson, Dorothy Milne, Clare Nolan, Martie Sanders, and Pamela Webster.



Sweat Girls: The Life of the Party!

Lampshades on heads

You don't need to don a sparkly tiara and put on airs when a lampshade and a juicy self-effacing story can really grab the focus at a soiree!

Move over Miss Manners, this straightforward hour-long Sweat gem delivers an evening of truth and hilarity as the gals cover such topics as playground bullies, karmic retribution, recently departed parents, and the art of saying "no."

Written and performed by Dorothy Milne, Clare Nolan, Martie Sanders, and Pamela Webster.

Critical comments on Sweat Girls: The Life of the Party!:

"I laughed so hard I went into labor."
A female audience member who saw the show at Live Bait Theater's Fillet of Solo Festival


Cirque du Sweat

Cirque action shots

This show features four energetic forty-something comediennes who share their distinctive takes on the chaos of life's inevitable transitions.

The topsy-turvy world of Cirque du Sweat offers up an inventive spin on the traditional solo monologist show. A live one-woman band, dance numbers, sideshow freak characters, and a femme fatale puppet of Amazonian proportions all add to the heart and hilarity under the big (and sweat-stained) top.

Written and performed by Cindy Hanson, Clare Nolan, Martie Sanders, and Pamela Webster.

Also adding their talents to this collaboration are clarinetist and musical director Teri Foster; choreographer Ann Boyd (Running with Scissors Artistic Director); and offering her editorial eye, Dorothy Milne (Lifeline Theatre Artistic Director and fellow Sweat Girl).

Kristi Petitpren's whimsical freak posters, Martie Sanders' 15-ft. female effigy, and Charlie Jolls' elegant lights texturize an evening that is full of sparkle, splendor and sweat.


Circus poster

Critical comments on
Cirque du Sweat:

"... unique commentaries on women and the world, Cirque du Sweat. As they become older, the Sweat Girls' work becomes wiser, yet always retains its wry twist."
— Jonathan Abarbanel, Windy City Times

"... passionate, witty work that confronts the conundrums of transformation ... a humorous, poignant collection of monologues and scenes dealing with body image, baby fever, and the erosion of youthful ideals in the face of middle-aged realities. "
— Kerry Reid, Chicago Reader (Critic's Choice)


The MotherLode

MotherLode group shot

In 1996 the Sweat Girls met documentary filmmaker Joe Winston when both were producing shows at the Organic Theater in Chicago. Post-show conversations led to the idea of collaborating on a project. The Sweat Girls spent a year traveling with Joe and his camera, interviewing each other's moms. Ever patient, gracious and fascinating, the moms spoke candidly to the camera and The MotherLode was born.

The MotherLode explores the dynamic between mother and child and the issues that charge this unique relationship. Filmed conversations with each "Sweat Mom" are interwoven with live performance and, in typical Sweat Girl fashion, poignancy and humor share room with the truth.

Written and performed by Jane Blass, Cindy Hanson, Dorothy Milne, Clare Nolan, Martie Sanders, Jenifer Tyler, and Pamela Webster. Also featured in in this collaboration is the superb work of award-winning documentary filmmaker Joe Winston. (VHS copies of The MotherLode are available — see our merchandise page.)

Critical comments on The MotherLode:

"Hilarious, touching and maddening ... like every mother-daughter relationship in the world!"
— Kathy and Judy Show, WGN Radio

"Avoiding cheap sentiment and forced emotions each Sweat Girl presents a 15-minute profile of her mother accompanied by Winston's elegant video work ... carefully chosen details combine to form compelling, emotionally nuanced portraits ... intelligent performers will earn your every bemused smile."
— Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader (Critic's Choice)

"Now why can't you do something like this about me?!"
A mother to her grown son after seeing this show


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Credits: Life of the Party lampshade photo by Kevin Davis. Cirque du Sweat artwork by Kristi Petitpren, postcard design by Scott Wills. MotherLode poster design by Jane Blass. Black and white group photos by Suzanne Plunkett.


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