Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes: Part One: Millennium Approaches Part Two: Perestroika

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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...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559362313
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST COMBIN
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 47,229
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


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.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2005

    Unique, uplifting, and very funny

    Tony Kushner's epic play, 'Angels in America' has received an incredible amount of hype over the years and with it, tons of awards. In this instance, the hype is well deserved. What Kushner accomplishes here is beyond words. He has constructed a tale that weaves the human drama with politics, religion, race, and gender identity. The play serves as a commentary on the shifting values and ideas of America in the 1980's and how the AIDS crisis played a part in that. What's so uplifting about the story is its theme of hope. In the end, Kushner rejoices life and our humanity and believes that those suffering from AIDS should not be shunned and ignored, but rather treated with dignity. There's something timeless and enduring about this story. I have little doubt it will still be studied and talked about a century from now. Highly recommended!

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