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Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes (Angels in America) Part Two: Perestroika Hardcover – Mar 1994


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group; Reprint edition (Mar. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559360720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559360722
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 14.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,787,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 27 Dec. 2005
If you haven't yet read it, please read the prequel to this play, `Angels in America, Pt. 1: Millennium Approaches' prior to this one. The staging is a bit different, similar in style (rapid scene changes, minimalist set, etc.) but it starts out with the wreckage from the Angel's entry in the previous play.
Kushner described this play as a comedy, but I cannot see it that way. Except for irony and dark humour (perhaps akin to the idea of the Human Comedy, in which nothing is really funny) almost ever movement in the play is serious. And yet, in the face of death, what can be serious?
Roy Cohn is on his deathbed in the hospital, and receives prayers and rebuke from Ethel Rosenberg. Harper is gloriously insane in many ways with a Valium addiction, having lost Joe to a male lover. Harper lives with Hannah, Joe's mother now ensconced in New York City.
Louis and Prior struggle to come to terms, although Prior knows that Louis has met up with Joe. Cohn learns of Joe's marriage break-up and the cause, and throws a fit.
Oh yes, did I fail to mention the drag-queen-turned-nurse named Belize (a stage name) who attends both Cohn in the hospital and Prior at home?
There are extended scenes of Prior and the Angel, exchanging information, stories, prophecies. Back in the days when the supply of AZT was almost non-existent, Cohn manages to get some via his connexions, and Belize manages to get some away from him for Prior. Later, after Cohn dies, he steals the rest of the supply, but not before calling Louis in to recite the Kaddish in thanks for the `gift'. Of course, Louis doesn't want to.
`I'm not saying any ... Kaddish for him. The drugs OK, sure, fine, but no... way am I praying for him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Feb. 1999
Of course, seeing this production live would have allowed me to obtain a much broader perspective and also would have given me the ability to get a better grasp of my inner feelings. Yet, by the time I had finished both parts, I still came out with wonderous awe and amazement. That truly defines how incredible this play really is, and the impact it has on certain individuals' lives. The characters all became a part of me in some way or other, and I felt as if each and everyone of them were sitting right beside me.
Tony Kushner's 'Angels in America' is a brilliant epic dealing with the incredible, yet extremely controversial topics of politics, homosexuality, religion, and AIDS all wrapped up into one masterpiece. All of these topics cause wonderous commotion and arguments among the people in our society today. So, when I had learned previously that this book was going to squeeze all of these ideas together, I became both surprized and worried. After finishing the play though, I was overwhelmed at how an author could handle such an array of topics as these with so many controversies, and mesh them together in one work.
The single most important theme that I found installed throughout the enitre play, which clearly stands for every individual in America today, is that the only way anyone can deal with thier pain and suffering is not by hiding and avoiding the problem, but rather to admit their troubles openly. Kushner allows his readers the ability to meet several characters throughout the duration of the play, and does an incredible job of relating all of them together in a way so they can form a connection and grow to learn more about themselves and each other. Prior and Louis, Joe and Harper, and Roy and Belize all had difficulties in one way or another.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jan. 1997
"Angels in America," Parts one and two, continually amazes me each time I read or see it. Never have I had characters become more alive and stay with me months after reading or seeing a play!
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A Healthy Piece of Dramatic Literature 25 Feb. 1999
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Of course, seeing this production live would have allowed me to obtain a much broader perspective and also would have given me the ability to get a better grasp of my inner feelings. Yet, by the time I had finished both parts, I still came out with wonderous awe and amazement. That truly defines how incredible this play really is, and the impact it has on certain individuals' lives. The characters all became a part of me in some way or other, and I felt as if each and everyone of them were sitting right beside me.
Tony Kushner's 'Angels in America' is a brilliant epic dealing with the incredible, yet extremely controversial topics of politics, homosexuality, religion, and AIDS all wrapped up into one masterpiece. All of these topics cause wonderous commotion and arguments among the people in our society today. So, when I had learned previously that this book was going to squeeze all of these ideas together, I became both surprized and worried. After finishing the play though, I was overwhelmed at how an author could handle such an array of topics as these with so many controversies, and mesh them together in one work.
The single most important theme that I found installed throughout the enitre play, which clearly stands for every individual in America today, is that the only way anyone can deal with thier pain and suffering is not by hiding and avoiding the problem, but rather to admit their troubles openly. Kushner allows his readers the ability to meet several characters throughout the duration of the play, and does an incredible job of relating all of them together in a way so they can form a connection and grow to learn more about themselves and each other. Prior and Louis, Joe and Harper, and Roy and Belize all had difficulties in one way or another. The way in which they came to the realization about themselves and each other is by the way they communicate with one another. In the end, this play has taught me alot about myself as a whole, and has enabled me to realize that I should open up instead of holding my problems back. I will definitely read this play many more times, because it will help me in my journey of becoming a better human being.
"Angels in America" is the most enlightened play available! 26 Jan. 1997
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"Angels in America," Parts one and two, continually amazes me each time I read or see it. Never have I had characters become more alive and stay with me months after reading or seeing a play
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