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Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on…

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes (1995)

by Tony Kushner

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An extremely engaging and personal read. I was very impressed with what Kushner had to offer as a playwright and that he went the extra mile in this work. Not perfect, in my opinion, but an incredibly well done job. ( )
  DanielSTJ | Dec 17, 2018 |
astonishing ( )
  haarpsichord | Nov 5, 2018 |
Since I viewed this play again a few months ago, I was able to understand the script quite well. Even though this play was originally written in the 90's, it is unfortunately very relevant today. ( )
  suesbooks | Oct 16, 2018 |
  OberlinSWAP | Jul 20, 2015 |
A surreal work that examines the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. Bringing together such real people as Roy Cohn and Ethel Rosenberg (as a ghost, of course) with fictional characters created for the play, it creates a blending of fact and fantasy. Too long to be presented in one staging, the playwright broke the play into two parts, and both are presented in this text. It is easy to read and follow, in spite of surreal trappings, non-linear plots, and overlapping story lines. The story is simple and stark: men dying of AIDS in a world that would rather forget about them, and the political football of their disease, which arose just as America was sinking deep into an orgy of self-righteous ultra morality. The angels of the title are fighting against modernity, science, and progress; fortunately, the author doesn't take the usual direction for so many of these works and pretend that we would all be better and happier in an earlier, "simpler" day. He pushes back against the movement toward regression and reactionary movements from both the right and the left, and closes with a celebration of life moving on. A must read; in fact, if you have a chance to see it performed, it is also a must see. ( )
  Devil_llama | Dec 25, 2013 |
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"This new edition of Tony Kushner's masterpiece is published with the author's recent changes and a new introduction in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of its original production. One of the most honored American plays in history, Angels in America was awarded two Tony Awards for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It was made into an Emmy Award-winning HBO film directed by Mike Nichols. This two-part epic, subtitled 'A Gay Fantasia on National Themes,' has received hundreds of performances worldwide in more than twenty-six languages."--Publisher's description.… (more)

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