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  • Brett
    2018-12-10 04:31

    "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 safe air, and attained the outer rim, the ozone, which was ragged and torn, patches of it threadbare as old cheesecloth, and that was frightening. But I saw something that only I could see because of my astonishing ability to see such things: Souls were rising, from the earth far below, souls of the dead, of people who had perished, from famine, from war, from the plague, and they floated up, like skydivers in reverse, limbs all akimbo, wheeling and spinning. And the souls of these departed joined hands, clasped ankles, and formed a web, a great net of souls, and the souls were three-atom oxygen molecules of the stuff of ozone, and the outer rim absorbed them and was repaired. Nothing’s lost forever. In this world, there’s a kind of painful progress. Longing for what we’ve left behind, and dreaming ahead. At least I think that’s so." wow.

  • Josh
    2018-11-09 23:34

    Reading these plays aloud in a high school class created more than a few awkward moments.

  • Nathan
    2018-11-29 02:31

    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 the epicenter of Mormondom, I can poke holes in the "Mormons are the new Jews" motif that Kushner loves exploring so much. The sudden shifts Kushner is trying to articulate and rationalize have been a part of my life since birth, so there's really no way I can get into the right mindset when reading his work. But if literature was defined solely by its ability to achieve its desired outcome, it would be infinitely duller. While the political nightmare described in Angels in America is still all too real, the human reality is what aches through the entire play. Kushner writes of a world apathetic to its outsiders dying alone. He writes of feeling alienated, defeated and abused in ways that will always be relevant. Early on, Prior replies to Harper's fears of Joe's infidelity that: "I would say 'fuck the truth', but usually the truth fucks you", which carried my mind through the entire play. This is a story of people trying to igonre the fact that their ideals are shattered, only to be ruined because of it. This would have probably gotten a fifth star from me(even with that awful ending) if I hadn't read Kushner's "Notes About Political Theater" at the same time, an essay which made me aware of the play's shortcomings. Kushner writes that his goal in being a playwright is to make people aware that "[w]e are less able to see the political: in life, as in art, much energy is devoted toward blurring the political meaning of events, or even that events have political meaning", which I have trouble finding in Angels. Before reading the essay, I saw the play as a small step in the right direction; it's much more difficult to get the average person wanting to dismantle heterosexist standards if they can see the good in the people those standards knock down. And Kushner's play makes itself remarkable for refusing to make people with HIV/AIDS disgusting or dirty. And yet he refuses to go any further than that. The nuclear family is constantly affirmed. Even though it exists in Belize and Louis, no form of intersectional queer identity is never explored to its full potential. And Roy's death upholds a positivist attitude that bad people are the only ones swallowed up by illness and pain. It's disappointing. Had Kushner turned up the heat it would have been a much more worthwhile exploration.

  • نقد روز
    2018-11-26 06:35

    نمایشنامه فرشتگان در آمریکا در دهه ۱۹۸۰ در دوران رئیس جمهوری رونالد ریگان می گذرد. ریگان همیشه به عنوان یکی از محبوب ترین رئیس جمهورهای محافظه کار تاریخ آمریکا در نظر گرفته می شود. او نقشی مهم در شکل گیری آمریکای فعلی داشت. همان طور که در نمایشنامه هم می بینیم، ریگان به یک شخصیت الهام بخش برای بسیاری از محافظه کاران تبدیل می شود. از سوی دیگر اما، سکوت طولانی مدت او در برابر شیوع گسترده بیماری ایدز در آن دوران همیشه مورد انتقاد زیادی قرار داشت. آن زمان تصور می شد ایدز یک بیماری مختص همجنس گرایان است. به همین دلیل بسیاری از دگرباشان جنسی و فعالان این حوزه معتقد بودند ریگان به دلیل بی توجهی به آن ها این بیماری را نادیده می گیرد. تا زمانی که دولت آمریکا بالاخره تصمیم گرفت به مقابله با ایدز بپردازد، هزاران آمریکایی که عمدتا همجنس گرا بودند توسط این بیماری کشته شدند. آن زمان شعار «سکوت = مرگ» به محور اصلی اعتراض ها تبدیل شده بود. در این نمایشنامه ما با مکان های زیادی از نیویورک آشنا می شویم. وارد آپارتمان های شخصیت ها در محله های منهتن و بروکلین می شویم، سپس به رستوران های مجلل منهتن، بیمارستان ها، آرامگاه، پارک مرکزی و نقاط دیگر این شهر قدم می گذاریم. نمایشنامه با وارد کردن مخاطب به فضاهای مختلف و گسترده به دنبال این است که نوعی احساس حماسی به اثر بدهد. در اصل نویسنده با این کار به دنبال این است که محدوده جغرافیایی و شخصیتی بزرگ تری را زیر پوشش قرار دهد. مسلما اگر پای شهرهای دیگر هم به داستان باز شود، این نمایشنامه از این هم حماسی تر می شود. به همین دلیل از سالت لیک سیتی هم دیدن می کنیم که پایتخت مورمون های جهان هم هست (مورمونیسم یکی از شاخه های مسیحیت است که اعضاء آن عقاید سنتی تری دارند). در این بخش از ماجرا است که متوجه می شویم هانا، مادر جو می خواهد خانه خود را بفروشد و به نیویورک نقل مکان کند. خواهر الا چپل، راهبه مسیحی که از دوستان هانا هم هست به او هشدار می دهد که: «این شهر مکان مقدسی است. نزدیک ترین مکان زمین به خدا است. هر قدمی که یک انسان مومن از این جا دور می شود، یک قدم به خطر نزدیک تر می شود.» به نظر می رسد نگرانی اصلی دوست هانا از این است که او می خواهد به نیویورک برود، جایی که از نظر اعتقادات مذهبی جایگاه قابل توجهی ندارد. تضاد بین این دو شهر را بیش تر از همه در شخصیت جو می توان مشاهده کرد. او در سالت لیک سیتی بزرگ شده و به واسطه اعتقادات مورمون ها به این باور رسیده که همجنس گرایی یک گناه است. حال که به نیویورک رفته در اعتقادات خود دچار تردید شده است. به نظر می رسد هر قدمی که او در نیویورک برمی دارد، یک قدم از باورها و اخلاقیات سالت لیک دورتر می شود. ادامه نقد در سایت نقد روز:http://naqderooz.ir/5w

  • Jamie
    2018-12-01 04:36

    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 seemingly coming to an implosive and horrifying end. God has literally abandoned us (evidently, during the great San Francisco earthquake), and the national and historical crises alluded to--the onset of the AIDS epidemic being the most present, but also the fall of the Soviet Union, the infection of Reagan-era individualism, the legacy of the Cold War, the Rosenberg trial--profoundly intersect with the personal crises that provide the play's sometimes overwhelming sense of trauma.Roy & Prior are each wrecked by AIDS; Harper is a pill-popping agoraphobe; there are closets galore; there are pervasive narratives of abandonment (emblematized in the one committed by God) and of comings-home; of religious doubt & the terror of change--with its corollary, the terror of stasis. There's also, as evidenced by figures like Harper, Joe, Louis, and Prior, the terror of being with--and being isolated from--other people. Roy Cohn is both a historical figure and a kind of literary master narrative--as my professor remarked, Roy reads almost as analogous to Milton's Satan. He's the most despicable character, ostensibly the villain of the play, but ultimately also becomes an intensely compelling one to follow. With all of this said, I simply have to remark that this is, first and foremost, an absolutely magnificent work of literature. It's beautifully written, refreshingly literary (without being as pretentious as I've been in this review), often laugh-out-loud hilarious, and emotionally affecting in a way I haven't experienced with a fictional work in a long time. Read it. Seriously, READ. IT. For your betterment as a human being, give the play a shot. It's just radiant.

  • Manda
    2018-12-08 01:09

    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, sickness, regret, hope, politics, betrayal, sex, religion, death, confusion, hate…it’s about facing yourself and trying to deal with what you find there.Angels is hands down my favorite play. It’s written in 2 parts: Millenium Approaches and Perestroika and is somewhere around 7 hours when performed back-to-back.Seriously, if I could set the curriculum for a literature class, Angels in America would be top priority. I think it’s an important play and that everyone should grab a copy of it and just read the hell out of it.

  • Emma Getz
    2018-11-19 04:29

    "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 favorite and absolutely the most beautiful play I have ever read for many, many reasons. First and foremost, it is a real look at a historical era and crisis so often erased in popular media. The inclusion of real historical figures like Roy Cohn and Ethel Rosenberg only grounded this even more. At the same time, the play exists in the realm of magical realism, for lack of a better term. It pushes the boundaries between real and fantasy but grounds it in religion, truth, and life. Each character is incredibly complex and dynamic, so there are no antagonists in this story, apart from the nature of the Reagan era and AIDS itself. The dialogue is clever and humorous while being incredibly raw and heartfelt. It is heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. The scenes are ingeniously and masterfully crafted and staged. Overall, it is a masterpiece of both theatre and literature. If I were to choose a play that EVERYONE should read, it would be this one.

  • David
    2018-11-20 04:13

    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 a play is working if it needs good SFX? And why can you write scenes that directors can remove?Loved Belize. And Meryl is fantastic in the TV show. Really ... it's through her that Part 2 works.Joe at the end! Where is Joe?! Why's he not in the park?! Bits:- Nixon appointed him. All the geeks are Nixon appointees.- I don't want to move to Washington.- Well I do.- It's a giant cemetery, huge white graves and mausoleums everywhere.- Well happy enough! Pretend-happy. That's better than nothing.-Reaganite heartless macho asshole lawyers.- Oh, that's unfair.- What is? Heartless? Macho? Reaganite? Lawyer?- I voted for Reagan.- You did?- Twice.- Twice. Well, oh boy. A Gay Republican.- Excuse me?- Nothing.- I'm not ... Forget it.- Republican? Not Republican? Or ...- What?- What?- Not gay. I'm not gay.- Oh. Sorry. It's just...- Yes?- Well, sometimes you can tell from the way a person sounds that ... I mean you sound like a ...- No I don't. Like what?- Like a Republican.- Do I? Sounds like a ...?- What? Like a ...? Republican, or ...? Do I?- Do you what?- Sound like a ...?- Like a ...? I'm ... confused.- Yes.- One ... dies at thirty, robbed of ... decades of majesty.- You'll come back.- If I can. I have things to take care of.- Please do. I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.- Well that's a stupid thing to do.Joe:- Does it make any difference? That I might be one thing deep within, no matter how wrong or ugly that thing is, so long as I have fought, with everything I have, to kill it. What do you want from me? What do you want from me, Harper? More than that? For God's sake, there's nothing left, I'm a shell. There's nothing left to kill. As long as my behaviour is what I know it has to be. Decent. Correct. That alone in the eyes of God.- The failure to measure up hits people very hard. From such a strong desire to be good they feel very far from goodness when they fail.- I try to tighten my heart into a knot, a snarl, I try to learn to live dead, just numb, but then I see someone I want, and it's like a nail, like a hot spike right through my chest, and I know I'm losing.Belize:- Watching him stick his head up his asshole and eat his guts over some relatively minor conundrum - it was the best show in town.- I have to go. If I want to spend my whole life looking after white people I can get underpaid to do it.- Do you ... You think this is, what, racist or naive or something?- Well it's certainly something.- All your checks bounce, Louis; you're ambivalent about everything.- What's that supposed to mean?- You may be dumber than shit but I refuse to believe you can't figure it out. Try.- Pain's ... nothing. Pain's life.- Sing it, baby."Americans pay high prices for maintaining the myth of the Individual: We have no system of universal health care, we don't educate our children, we can't pass sane gun control laws, we elect presidents like Reagan"

  • Dusty Myers
    2018-11-14 22:24

    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.Its project is a tough one: look at the rise of AIDS in the culture of Reagan-era New York City as experienced by three men who identify as gay, one Mormon who's oriented sexually toward other men, and Roy Cohn—who spent a lifetime in the closet and died in 1986 of complications due to AIDS. Introduce angels to the scene and try to humanize everyone no matter how villainous they might act. More than its length, AiA is magnificent for the honest way it goes about compassion. Hannah, the mother of the closeted Mormon, becomes at the end of the play a New Yorker in looks and all, amiable friends with a gaggle of gays without having gone all haggy about it. She is able to make this change because she knows herself, and her selfhood is as strong as her faith. She's in the end a kind of hero.I will always remember Prior's final lines, will let them ring in my head long after I've forgotten everything else. He's talking to the audience:"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."Bye now."You are fabulous creatures, each and every one."And I bless you: More Life."The Great Work Begins."

  • Avery (Book Deviant)
    2018-11-13 00:37

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book DeviantBecause this is written as a screenplay, I wasn't really sure how I would like it. It sounded really interesting, and so I decided that if I liked it, I would check out the HBO performance of it just so I can see it. I struggled with the beginning, being unfamiliar with the simplicity that a screenplay can give. But after a while, I felt more connected with the characters, despite not being able to hear their thoughts.Kushner was able to convey thoughtful and diverse characters with just how they spoke and how they interacted with others. We got to know each separate character not by their thoughts on events, but on how they reacted to them (Lou reacting to Prior's illness, Joe reacting to Harper's addiction) and I found that very telling.I thought Prior's side of the story was very . . . weird? I really didn't understand the point to the Angels, nor Prior's inclusion. It just seemed like it was weird for the sake of being weird, to draw attention rather than make sense. While I really loved the story and the overall message of it, I felt like it could have been conveyed in a better way. That didn't stop me from loving the majority of the characters (but fuck Roy) and loving how they all did their part in the story.Final Rating: ★★★★☆Overall?I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked this play, so as I write this review I'm in the middle of watching the HBO performance of it (which I highly recommend!) While I wasn't the biggest fan of the fantastical portions of this play, I really enjoyed everything else.I do have to say that I'm not the biggest fan of the agoraphobic rep. While I am not agoraphobic myself, I couldn't help but be a little put off from how Harper was showed to be "cr*zy" and delusional.Would I Recommend?Yes! Although it deals with very heavy topics, I felt that there was a good balance between the heavy details and the scenes when Prior adds in a little humor.Trigger warning for d*ke slur, f*ggot slur, homophobia, discussion of HIV/AIDS, abandonment, addiction, homophobic parents, sexism, ableism, cheating, anti-Semitism, racism, and sex. Comment if you of any that I missed!

  • Stian
    2018-11-18 22:09

    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 explicit theme is sexuality. There are two characters in the play who are struggling to deal with the fact that they are gay. One married (with a woman) Mormon man, and another ruthless lawyer who refuses to admit that he is gay, and instead labels himself as a "heterosexual man who enjoys having sex with men." There are at least three other gay characters in the play (which means most other characters), and Joe's (the Mormon's) wife, who struggles to deal with the fact that her husband is actually gay.It's set in 1985-1986, and AIDS is another thing the book deals with. Within the first 50 pages, two characters will have gotten the disease. Themes that naturally follow from this are things like dealing with the disease, dealing with loss; life, death, and so on and so forth. Another major theme is politics, and perhaps especially identity politics. There are harsh criticisms in the play of right-wing nuttery when it comes to homophobia, racism and other such bigoted things. A good play that I probably should re-read once my health is a bit better and my head is working optimally. To be honest, a lot of things eluded me here. The dialogue is at times strange too, and a lot of the political jabs seemed forced and unecessary. All that being said I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who isn't a homophobic asshole. PS: My review and appreciation of the book may change in the coming weeks. I read this as part of my studies, and I will be having a lecture on this book soon. Obviously my understanding of the book will change and thus also my thoughts about it.

  • Jim Dooley
    2018-11-13 01:27

    I keep coming back to ANGELS IN AMERICA. I first saw it on tour after its Broadway opening. Originally intended to be presented on two consecutive nights, I saw the first part on a Sunday afternoon matinee, and the second part that Sunday evening. I was mesmerized.Is there a play that has been tinkered with more than this one? Having seen three productions and the HBO movie, none of them were exactly the same. Scenes were dropped, lines were added, and Angel acrobatics came and went. It is almost like Spielberg's CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND ... which version is the “official” one?Regardless, it has never been less than fascinating to me. It is, indeed, a “Gay Fantasia on National themes,” but to see it only as applying to the LGBT culture is selling it short. The gay perspective is its focus. The themes it explores impacts a much broader audience.As such, it is intriguing to read this today at a time when there is so much mistrust and antagonism among Americans. A core element is that forgiveness can be extremely difficult ... not acceptance or forgetting, but forgiveness. That kind of hard forgiveness must occur if Love and Justice are ever to be reconciled. And that forgiveness is not only difficult for humans. The Angels have great difficulty with it, too.This edition is the last published version of the play. It does point out changes that had been made including the text of two scenes that were dropped. It also provides the production history and commentary. The strength is not only the brilliant writing, but also in exploring the human spirit when situations are unbelievably horrific.I have been moved by this play every time I've seen it or read it. It is a masterwork that I highly recommend.

  • Jay Shelat
    2018-11-22 04:15

    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.

  • Kate
    2018-11-22 03:23

    Plunged me back into 1980s NY and it was interesting to think of the parallels between then and now in politics and society's general feeling of insecurity. I'm now watching the mini series which seems very true to the script. Excellent and very moving read which I'd recommend everyone to read or go see.

  • James
    2018-11-29 02:38

    Revolutionary writing about the start of the AIDs epidemic, but I wonder whether because it aims so hard, it becomes a little lost within itself. I was thinking whether this deserved 5 stars, but feel that I would need to watch this play. It is a play that needs to be performed, but is so difficult to perform.

  • Paloma Meir
    2018-11-21 03:16

    I love this play so much, I can't even talk about it. Words, words, so many beautiful words. I'm a Tony Kushner fan girl for life.

  • Pieter-Jan Ombelet
    2018-12-04 01:16

    Classic for a reason. Can't wait to see it in the National Theater this weekend. 4,5/5*

  • Julia
    2018-12-11 05:35

    so good, guys, SO GOOD. this was pretty much the most compelling thing i've read in a while, from plot to themes to characters (i haven't read something in so long where i've just loved every single character, every single distinct person. i especially love louis, even though or maybe because he's such a shithead, or rather a guilt-wracked neurotic jew. which makes him sound like a type, but he's not just a type, that's just his personality as advertised). i'm talking generalities here and i think whatever vague book-reviewing skills i ever arguably had have gone down the drain but i loved this, just so you know. probably my biggest complaint is the ugly as fuck cover because of course the only edition available was the hbo film tie-in with its movie poster and "now an hbo films event" plastered on the cover. god. also the ending was a little weak, but i understand that, it's hard to wrap up this whole messy world of characters into something neat (and the random bit about israel and a palestine solution in the background of the end was just so strange and unnecessary and clearly kushner speaking through the characters. but on the other hand by contrasting it with the rest of the play it gave a hint of what the play could have been if written by someone weaker, more inclined to give in to their authorial power, which thank god it wasn't). i wish i could see this play in all its seven-hour glory, but alas all i have is the script and it's still wonderful, so.also (back to cover issues) i really resent the fact that because i have the dumb hbo-cover-version-thing the subtitle "a gay fantasia on national themes" is eliminated from the cover.

  • Kate
    2018-11-13 00:15

    “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.”I read this in April of 2015 as a way to break up the rather lengthy read of Sophie's Choice because I wanted something that wouldn't take me long to read. I had previously viewed the six-hours and something minutes 2003 HBO television mini-series many a time due to the fantastic ensemble of actors and the amazing cinematic shots. The play certainly did not disappoint me. I loved the writing; it was so poetic but not hard to grasp. I teared up at the end. This play dealt with so many topics that are so important to discuss, such as racism, sexism, and homophobia. I was amazed at how much I loved this and I would recommend it to anyone who isn't afraid of something different and potentially way out of their comfort zone. This blew me away and made me want to read more plays and more of Tony Kushner's work if there is any. I am so glad that something pushed me to read this, because it's definitely one of my new favorites and I intend on rereading it many times.

  • Kristen
    2018-12-10 00:22

    EDIT: I read this book again for another class and I appreciated it much more the second time. I picked up much more of what Kushner was trying to communicate. We also had the opportunity to meet Tony Kushner as a part of this class. Being able to speak with him about the play's themes and what he was trying to accomplish gave me a new appreciation for what the play was trying to accomplish. FIRST REVIEW: I know this play won the Pulitzer, but I just don't get it. It gets a lot of hype, and everyone always tells me that this is THE most amazing play ever... Maybe they built it up too much, because I was disappointed. Then again, I'm not a big fan of magical realism, so I don't think there was any way I was ever going to like this play. I also had to write a couple of papers on it, so I was just completely burnt out at the end of it all. I mean, this play is literally EPIC. It deals with pretty much any contemporary issue you can think of - politics, sexuality, racial issues, religion - as well as grappling with some very important questions about death, identity, and the existence of God. There are relationship struggles, angels, and hallucinations - oh my! It really gets quite exhausting. But it's definitely a play that will make you think. I don't know... for some reason, I just slogged my way through it. I know it's a "must-read," and I'm not saying that you shouldn't read it... I'm just giving you a fair warning. I wasn't very fond of it.

  • Sookie
    2018-11-17 02:13

    The ending bummed me out.So much so that I actively sought some happy fluffy gay stories online where there are unicorns and rainbows and they eat a lot of cupcakes. The setting of this play contributes substantially to the story line; be it the neThw era, the 80s where America had successfully embraced "Stayin' alive" mentality, post cold war and where religion was back on the political debate. Also AIDS. The epidemic that started out as what was believed to be the disease of the homosexuals, had devastating consequences on the communities. Kushner begins the play in this brew where things have come to boil and God has had it. The best dialogue from this play goes something like this: Harper: My church doesn't believe in homosexuals.Louis: My church doesn't believe in Mormonism.A great play but unfortunately didn't have the impact on me as Larry Kramer's A Normal Heart did.

  • Emily
    2018-11-29 03:36

    [EDIT: half a month later, I am bumping this up to a 4.5 stars. I can't get quite shake this book, I still feel like it's clinging on to me. The characters, their stories. I miss them. This is the sign of a quality book. Never know, it might some day get bumped up to a round 5 stars. I guess we'll see.]4.25 stars. This gave me a good ride. Absolutely tore into my heartstrings at times... Oh, Prior...We had an awesome discussion in my tutorial about it; I feel as if we could talk for hours and hours - so many levels to explore and discover. So many nuances, personalities, sides of characters feelings; so much subtext. Maybe soon I'll get a few seconds to share more of my thoughts on this.HAHAHAHA - a spare minute!! In university!!! During late November??!!! Ahh.... that's a good one...*dissolves into sobbing tears*

  • Robert
    2018-11-25 06:17

    This will be my first negative review. I am unsure what my strongest point of contentment is. I do not feel that reading this is playwright form does this great work any justice.Having witnessed this beautiful work of art in living form, this book failed on almost all levels to achieve what the live version conquered. So my advice, burn the book. Do not waist your time reading these pages. Instead rent the movie.... or even better still see it live. I will have to research if it is still being performed anywhere. Angels in America was the most watched made-for-cable movie in 2003 and won both the Golden Globe and Emmy for Best Miniseries.

  • L.
    2018-11-25 01:27

    Jest to absolutnie i niezaprzeczalnie jeden z najlepszych dramatów (jedna z najlepszych książek, jedna z najlepszych rzeczy, jedno z najlepszych dzieł), jaki przeczytałam w życiu. Jaki widziałam w teatrze. Jaki oglądałam dzięki HBO. To jest rzecz kompletna i doskonała i wzgardzam każdym, kto wzgardza "Aniołami". Te historie, ten język, ten humor, ten styl, ten nastrój, te główne motywy i to powierzchowne oderwanie od rzeczywistości, które tak naprawdę jest totalnym jej przeniknięciem i skrupulatną analizą.Umieram z zachwytu. Ze szczęścia, że mogłam przeczytać coś takiego. Dziękuję, panie Kushner. Pan nawet nie wie, co pan mi zrobił. Dużo dobrego. Najlepszego.

  • Matt
    2018-11-28 03:25

    Wonderful. Witty and politically charged, fantasmagorical and yet has its feet firmly planted on the ground.I saw the HBO movie with mary louise parker and Al pacino and couldn't take my eyes off the screen.

  • Nadja
    2018-11-16 22:20

    A powerful and important play dealing with many relevant social issues as (homo)sexuality, politics, religion and personal prejudices while coping with the AIDS pandemic in the 80s.

  • Hadrian
    2018-12-03 01:16

    Oooohhhhh Christ what a play. Expect me back in a few hours after I devour Part II.

  • Yamrat
    2018-11-29 01:36

    This play is utterly gutwrenching. I've never felt more conflicted, sick and in love with a bunch of characters before.

  • Rambling Reader
    2018-12-06 05:36

    maybe 5 stars?

  • Sylwia
    2018-11-15 22:34

    One of the best books I've had the pleasure to read.