Angels in America Reviews

ANGELS IN AMERICA Broadway Reviews

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Taking in the play is not easy. In addition to its length, many sequences are bizarre, didactic and choppy. But there is no denying its theatrical brilliance, literary ambition and cultural relevance. It is often just as romantic and hilarious as it is philosophic and intense.

10

Each character, so precisely played, is worthy of investment. This is seven and a half hours of luxurious dramatic immersion, and in no way arid or plodding.

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'Angels in America': Theater Review

From: The Hollywood Reporter | By: David Rooney | Date: 03/25/2018

Lane brings yet another kind of volatility to Roy's spiky scenes with Belize (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett), a nurse at St. Vincent's Hospital and Prior's former drag sister. Stewart-Jarrett nails every laugh with his imperious attitude, bouncing Cohn's abuse right back at him. But his swishy attitude doesn't hide his wounded indignation over the disease that's ravaging the gay community, finding a worthy target in defensive Louis in one particularly memorable encounter.

10

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes

From: TimeOut NY | By: Adam Feldman | Date: 03/25/2018

Kushner's two-part play is massive: To see it in a single day, with multiple intermissions and a long dinner break, takes 10 hours. Yet every moment is so rich, so rewarding, so engrossing that it flies by in a rush. It is hard to do justice to the multitudes that Angels in America contains: its synthesis of the intellectual and the lyrical, the comic and the tragic, the intimate and the epic, the engaged and the transcendent. This is a play that breaks and fills your heart; it inspires you as it takes your breath away.

9

Review: An ‘Angels in America’ That Soars on the Breath of Life

From: New York Times | By: Ben Brantley | Date: 03/25/2018

Sometimes, just when you need it most, a play courses into your system like a transfusion of new blood. You feel freshly awakened to the infinite possibilities not only of theater but also of the teeming world beyond. And when you hit the streets afterward, every one of your senses is singing. Such is the effect of seeing the flat-out fabulous revival of Tony Kushner's "Angels in America," which opened on Sunday night at the Neil Simon Theater, with a top-flight cast led by Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane in career-high performances.

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‘Angels in America’ review: A soaring revival of Tony Kushner’s masterpiece

From: Newsday | By: Barbara Schuler | Date: 03/25/2018

"Angels" presents a complicated story that covers nearly eight hours in two parts, a major commitment requiring audiences to maintain deep concentration just to keep up. But it's time well spent, if only to revel in the glories of Ian MacNeil's futuristic set and the spectacular performances of each actor, all of whom play multiple characters. Lane reverts to his comedic roots, portraying one of Prior's deceased relatives. In one of her several roles, Susan Brown becomes a spectral vision of Ethel Rosenberg, whom Cohn prosecuted, and in a haunting scene says kaddish over his body. Everyone ends up as an angel at some point.

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‘Angels in America’ review: Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane lead a gleaming revival

From: New York Daily News | By: Joe Dziemianowicz | Date: 03/25/2018

Twenty-five years after its Tony- and Pulitzer-winning first Broadway run, the scope and richness of the seven-hour, two-part saga - the taut "Millennium Approaches," followed by the somewhat messier "Perestroika" - remain as impressive as ever.

Angels in America, that winged masterwork of Tony Kushner and the 20th Century, is back on Broadway in a revival weighed with expectations as heavy as the angel Bethesda in Central Park. With marquee-name stars - Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Lee Pace - and the halo of approval from London audiences, the two-part, 7-hour-plus, gloriously subtitled "Gay Fantasia On National Themes" remains as rich a theatrical experience as when Kushner won the Pulitzer back in '93 and his eccentric, visionary fever dream first blessed the stage (and too many dying men to count) with "more life."

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Broadway Review: ‘Angels in America’ With Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane

From: Variety | By: Marilyn Stasio | Date: 03/25/2018

The National Theater production of Tony Kushner's phenomenal 1993 epic work doesn't feel like a historical artifact that won the Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, an Olivier Award, an Emmy, and the National Medal of Arts for its author. In fact, experiencing this revival of the 25-year-old play feels more like picking up a scorching hot ember from a fire that won't burn out. The scribe's thoughts about religion, politics, sex, morality, mortality, civic corruption and environmental calamity - as viewed through the prism of the 1980s AIDS crisis - seem every bit as prescient as they did when all our friends were dying.

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Angels in America returns to Broadway, timely and triumphant: EW review

From: Entertainment Weekly | By: Allison Adato | Date: 03/25/2018

This new production, a transplant from London's National Theatre, should appeal to two audiences: Those who fell for the play's humor and wonder the first time around (they are unlikely to be disappointed in director Marianne Elliott's take), and those who come to the show with no history. As a member of the first group, I have some envy for those in the second. Because while there may be bragging rights in being able to compare the Angel then (looking as if she flew off a Roman edifice) with the Angel now (more wild, broken-down and bird-like), the play's text and imagery deliver an ecstatic jolt the first time you see it.

"Angels in America" returns to Broadway to help remind us why Tony Kushner was the Lin-Manuel Miranda of the 1990s. It's the second Broadway revival for this 1993 marathon AIDS drama, and Marianne Elliott's staging enthralls by putting the fantasy of Kushner's play front and center. Her much-praised National Theatre production opened Sunday at the Neil Simon Theatre.

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Theater Review: Angels in America Punches Through the Roof Again

From: Vulture | By: Sara Holdren | Date: 03/25/2018

Elliott, who's become known for her ability to coordinate vast, complex productions (she's the only woman with two directing Tonys, for War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), knows how to embrace the scope of Kushner's play while still keeping it about the ensemble who powers it. She and her top-notch design team are taking full advantage of the resources afforded by a huge, commercial show like this one, but they're doing so with purpose and even restraint, to the full support of the actors.

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'Angels in America' on Broadway review: A masterpiece soars again

From: NJ.com | By: Christopher Kelly | Date: 03/25/2018

At nearly eight hours, unfolding over two parts, the Broadway revival of Tony Kushner's "Angels in America" is a significant commitment, temporal and financial. But one of the countless wonders of this instant-classic production is the way it energizes, instead of enervates, as it goes along, expanding in scale and scope, spinning out one surprise after another. By the time the stage literally cracks open near the end of the second part, and the main character Prior Walter (Andrew Garfield) ascends a neon staircase to heaven, this "Angels in America" has placed its audience in a sustained state of exhilaration.

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‘Angels in America’ Review: Laughing at the Devil

From: Wall Street Journal | By: Terry Teachout | Date: 03/25/2018

I've written more than once in this space about the flaws of "Angels." It's too long, too sentimental, too inclined to demonize at the expense of comprehension, too rigid in its Marx-flavored politics ("Angels" would be a richer play if Mr. Kushner had had the wit, not to mention the honesty, to portray Ethel Rosenberg as shamelessly guilty). Yet all these things notwithstanding, it remains a fixed star in the firmament of American drama, a testament to Mr. Kushner's willingness to take huge chances instead of playing it safe, and I expect it will continue to hold the stage, both for its genuinely visionary moments and for the character of Cohn, one of the 20th century's great stage villains. Mike Nichols's 2003 TV version was also highly impressive and largely successful, but "Angels" works best in the theater, and if you've never seen it there, this revival, imperfect though it is, will show you much of what you've been missing.

The Angel's introduction is as grand as the come, and that's fitting for such a grand revival of Angels in America. Twenty-five years ago, the play was important and relevant-and in the age of Trump, it might be moreso, on both counts, today. But the reason it persists, the reason companies will stage this work for decades to come, is that it's first and foremost great, riveting drama. And its time has come-again.

This is a bit like taking coals to Newcastle - the equivalent of an American company bringing a David Hare state-of-the-nation play to the West End - but this is a production of Broadway-style scale and ambition. "Very Steven Spielberg!", says a dying young man at the end of the first part, as an angel arrives in his dreams.

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BWW Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA Revival Flies In The Face of Trump Presidency

From: BroadwayWorld | By: Michael Dale | Date: 03/25/2018

While the AIDS epidemic has certainly not been completely conquered, it is no longer the automatic death sentence it was in ANGELS IN AMERICA's mid-1980s setting, so in that respect the play can be seen as a bit of a history lesson. But, as the full title indicates, Kushner uses the plague as means by which to address themes that are still with us today; perhaps most prominently the commercialization of health care, the hypocrisy hidden by elected leaders and the effort to guide the country by religious morals. Is eight hours really enough for all of that?

Andrew Garfield, the other excellent American star in a mostly British cast, takes theatrical command of Prior in a way that initially jars, but ultimately elevates the character, away from bitterness and immediate disappointment, more toward narrative omnipotence. By "Perestroika," it actually feels like Prior has stepped away from his own body and time. Lane may have the most dominant performance, but Garfield's revisionist and ennobling work is perhaps the most conceptually successful element of this new production.