Angels in America: a gay fantasia on national themes

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Theatre Communications Group, 1995 - Drama - 289 pages
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HBO Films will present Angels in America, directed by Mike Nichols from Tony Kushner’s own adaptation of his Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. The remarkable cast features Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Mary Louise Parker, Jeffrey Wright, Justin Kirk, Ben Shenkman, Patrick Wilson, James Cromwell, Michael Gambon and Simon Callow.

Angels in America is one of the most remarkable and celebrated plays of our time. Over 350,000 copies have been sold in paperback since their original publication in 1993.

Praise for the play:

"Angels in America is the broadest, deepest, most searching American play of our time."—Jack Kroll, Newsweek

"A vast, miraculous play . . . provocative, witty and deeply upsetting . . . a searching and radical rethinking of Ameri-can political drama."—Frank Rich, The New York Times

"Something rare, dangerous and harrowing…a roman candle hurled into a drawing room . . . "—Nicholas de Jongh, London Evening Standard

"Playful and profound, extravagantly theatrical and deeply spiritual, witty, and compassionate, furious and incredibly smart . . . It’s impossible to imagine anyone captivated by the beginning not wanting—needing—to go back for the end."—Linda Winer, Newsday

"An enormously impressive work of the imagination and intellect, a towering example of what theatre stretched to its full potential can achieve."—Clifford A. Ridley, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Perestroika is a masterpiece."—John Lahr, New Yorker

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The writing is perfectly poetic and eloquent. - Goodreads
Excellent characterization. - Goodreads
Such an imaginative and poetry like writing. - Goodreads
Possibly the most beautiful writing of our time. - Goodreads
This is a marvelous piece of writing. - Goodreads
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Review: Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches (Angels in America #1)

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I am reading this book for my Writing 121 class at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon from January 8, 2013 to March 21, 2013. Update: This play was an okay read. The mini series that was ... Read full review

Review: Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches (Angels in America #1)

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Absolutely one of my favorite plays. There are few scenes that could maybe use some paring down or elimination all together (it needs some kill-your-darlings editing), but less so in this part than in ... Read full review

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About the author (1995)

\Tony Kushner's plays include A Bright Room Called Day and Slavs!; as well as adaptations of Corneille's The Illusion, Ansky's The Dybbuk, Brecht's The Good Person of Szecguan and Goethe's Stella. Current projects include: Henry Box Brown or The Mirror of Slavery; and two musical plays: St. Cecilia or The Power of Music and Caroline or Change. His collaboration with Maurice Sendak on an American version of the children's opera, Brundibar, appeared in book form Fall 2003. Kushner grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and he lives in New York.