Angels in America OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • EW

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  • NY DAILY NEWS

Opening Night:
October 28, 2010
Closing:
April 24, 2011

Theater: Peter Norton Space / 555 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036

Synopsis: 

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes is set in late 1985 and early 1986, as the first wave of the AIDS epidemic in America is escalating and Ronald Reagan has been elected to a second term in the White House. The play's two parts, Millennium Approaches and Perestroika, bring together a young gay man with AIDS and his frightened, unfaithful lover; a closeted Mormon lawyer and his valium-addicted wife; the infamous New York lawyer Roy Cohn; an African-American male nurse; a Mormon housewife from Utah; and a steel-winged, prophecy-bearing angel; as well as the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg, an ancient rabbi, the world's oldest living Bolshevik and a Reagan administration functionary, among many others - all played by a company of eight actors. The lives of these disparate characters intersect, intertwine, collide and are blown apart during a time of heartbreak, reaction and transformation. Ranging from earth to heaven, from the political to the intimate to the visionary and supernatural, Angels in America is an epic exploration of love, justice, identity and theology, of the difficulty, terror and necessity of change. The two parts perform in repertory.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Angels in America

    This Time, the Angel Is in the Details

    Ben Brantley

    October 28, 2010: The angel has landed again, and she’s looking a little less fierce. When one of the title characters in Tony Kushner’s epic “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes” hit town 17 years ago — crashing through the ceiling of a Manhattan apartment — she wore an intimidating scowl, the kind that makes mortals quake.

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  • VARIETY REVIEW OF Angels in America

    Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes Part 1: Millennium Approaches Part 2: Perestroika

    Marilyn Stasio

    October 28, 2010: It's been a lifetime -- almost two decades -- since "Angels in America" was first produced. Is it time for a revival? Sadly, yes, it's high time we revisited the grave subjects Tony Kushner raised in his epic play about America in the age of AIDS. Although the kernel of this challenging work (told in two parts and running close to seven hours) is the very personal drama of a gay man who deserts his lover when the lover contracts AIDS, the political and social issues it takes on are monumental. And as Michael Greif's production forcefully reminds us, those issues have yet to be resolved.

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  • ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY REVIEW OF Angels in America

    Angels in America

    Melissa Rose Bernardo

    October 28, 2010: Angels in America — which tackles the onset of AIDS in the Reagan era, journeys from Antarctica to Brooklyn to heaven, and pinballs between fantasy and reality — is too epic to be confined to a single play. Yet Tony Kushner's Millennium Approaches and Perestroika (which earned a Pulitzer in 1993, back-to-back Best Play Tony awards, and virtual canonization) are being revived in, improbably enough, Off Broadway's 160-seat Signature Theatre.

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  • HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW OF Angels in America

    Angels in America

    Frank Scheck

    October 28, 2010: NEW YORK -- It has, unbelievably, been nearly a generation since Tony Kushner's two-part epic "Angels in America" burst onto international stages, winning endless acclaim and awards in the process.

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  • NY DAILY NEWS REVIEW OF Angels in America

    Angels in America

    Joe Dziemianowicz

    October 29, 2010: The Signature Theatre Company has done it again. Although it seemed unlikely that they could match last year's Horton Foote trilogy, "The Orphans' Home Cycle," they've accomplished that with a dazzling revival of "Angels in America."

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