Angels in America by Tony Kushner - March Classic Pick

Tony Kushner's 

Angels in America 

 is that rare entity: a work for the stage that is profoundly moving yet very funny, highly theatrical yet steeped in traditional literary values, and most of all deeply American in its attitudes and political concerns. In two full-length plays--

Millennium Approaches

 and 

Perestroika

--Kushner tells the story of a handful of people trying to make sense of the world. Prior is a man living with AIDS whose lover Louis has left him and become involved with Joe, an ex-Mormon and political conservative whose wife, Harper, is slowly having a nervous breakdown. These stories are contrasted with that of Roy Cohn (a fictional re-creation of the infamous American conservative ideologue who died of AIDS in 1986) and his attempts to remain in the closet while trying to find some sort of personal salvation in his beliefs.

But such a summary does not do justice to Kushner's grand plan, which mixes magical realism with political speeches, high comedy with painful tragedy, and stitches it all together with a daring sense of irony and a moral vision that demands respect and attention. On one level, the play is an indictment of the government led by Ronald Reagan, from the blatant disregard for the AIDS crisis to the flagrant political corruption. But beneath the acute sense of political and moral outrage lies a meditation on what it means to live and die--of AIDS, or anything else--in a society that cares less and less about human life and basic decency. The play's breadth and internal drive is matched by its beautiful writing and unbridled compassion. Winner of two Tony Awards and the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for drama, Angels in America is one of the most outstanding plays of the American theater. --Michael Bronski

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  • Kelly

    I'm sorry for the very very late notice! I just got out of work. I'm sad to miss the discussion because I really enjoyed Angels in America.

    March 13, 2014

    • Liz B

      No problem Kelly, see you at the next one.

      March 14, 2014

  • Kate W.

    Continuing my apology - I'm leaving town in a few days for an extended time away, and there's just TOO much to do!

    Too bad - because I DID read "Angels in America" and was really looking forward to our discussion.

    I look forward to reading and discussing the Diaz book.

    March 13, 2014

    • Liz B

      No problem Kate, enjoy your time away.

      March 14, 2014

  • Liz B

    Great discussion and we got to check out the new library, very nice!

    March 14, 2014

  • Liz B

    We are in meeting room A.

    March 13, 2014

  • Kate W.

    I'm SO SORRY, but I won't be able to attend tonight - and sorry also for the terribly late notice.

    March 13, 2014

  • Kate W.

    I'm SO SORRY, but I won't be able to attend tonight - and sorry also for the terribly late notice.

    March 13, 2014

  • katherine

    Sorry, cannot make it tonight. Enjoy.

    March 13, 2014

  • Ruth M.

    Sorry I can't attend

    March 8, 2014

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