Read Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes Online Free - 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.
|Title||:||Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes|
|Number of Pages||:||304 pages|
January 26, 2008
"Night flight to San Francisco; chase the moon across America. God, it’s been years since I was on a plane. When we hit 35,000 feet we’ll have reached the tropopause, the great belt of calm air, as close as I’ll ever get to the ozone. I dreamed we were there. The plane leapt the tropopause, the s...
January 26, 2008
Reading these plays aloud in a high school class created more than a few awkward moments.
March 15, 2016
I don't know if this play had its intended effects on me; because I was born in the 90s, HIV/AIDS has always been a reality permanently etched in the back of my mind. Because my political views lean heavily to the left, I find the recent trend of Reagan worshipping revolting. Because I live in th...
December 07, 2010
I begin this review with a quote: "Things fall apart / the center cannot hold." A colleague pointed out the resonances of Yeats' poem 'The Second Coming' in Kushner's 'Angels,' and I had to agree with his fantastic observation. This is a drama set in Reaganite America that images a world seemingl...
November 16, 2017
"This disease will be the end of many of us, but not nearly all, and the dead will be commemorated and will struggle on with the living, and we are not going away. We won't die secret deaths anymore. The world only spins forward. We will be citizens. The time has come."
Angels in America is my f...
May 28, 2017
Loved this! The Roy Cohn thing was fascinating.
But I'm a fan of the Aristotelian unities in my theatre ... so it wasn't perfect. Wouldn't it have worked with fewer scenes, longer scenes, more dialogue? In the notes, the playwright talks about how the Angel only works with good SFX ... can you say...
October 09, 2007
Angels in America is seven hours long. You need to break the two parts up over the course of a weekend, probably. And it might be the first and it might be the only gay epic ever written. And this is why it's one of the most important books I've read. Luckily it's also one of the best.
November 07, 2010
I absolutely love this play. It explores the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the 80s, particularly its effect on the gay community. But you don’t have to be a gay man with AIDS living in 1985 to relate to it. This play reaches out on a very basic human level. It’s about dealing with loss, love,...
February 04, 2016
I find it exceptionally challenging to write about this play. Partly because I've never read anything like it before (a "Gay Fantasia on National Themes") and partly because I feel like the play is dealing with so many themes at once in such a short space that it becomes overwhelming.
The most ex...
May 25, 2017
Kushner manages to capture the tension, fear, and tragedy of the AIDS epidemic with nuance, intelligence, imagination, and magic. Angels in America is an astonishingly good read.