Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Part 2

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Royal National Theatre, 1994 - AIDS (Disease) - 128 pages
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The two-part Angels in America is an epic drama set during the Reagan years in America - now recognised as one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century.

Part Two: Perestroika picks up the stories of Prior and Cohn from Part One. Prior, overwhelmed by the responsibilties of 'prophet' placed on him by the angels, wishes that they would leave him alone. Cohn, now dying from the virus, continues to manipulate the system from his hospital bed. But who is left to look after them now? And does anyone still care?

With a climax as bittersweet as it is beautiful, we are left wondering who the real angels are in a disparate world.

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Review: Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika (Angels in America #2)

User Review  - Morwynnelefay - Goodreads

Good, but it didn't resonate with me since I'm not a gay man with AIDS. :P Read full review

Review: Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika (Angels in America #2)

User Review  - KC - Goodreads

Finally got to read this. I think I prefer it to Part 1, but it's been a few months. On a semi-related note, I really want to track down the book of Caroline, Or Change. Read full review

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About the author (1994)

Playwright Tony Kushner was born in New York City and raised in Louisiana. In addition to his plays, Kushner teaches at New York University and has co-written an opera with Bobby McFerrin. Kushner is best known for Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, a two-part seven-hour play that has won many awards (two Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, two Drama Desk Awards, the Evening Standard Award, the New York Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award). It was also selected one of the ten best plays of the 20th century by London's Royal National Theatre.

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