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Millennium Approaches (Angels in America) Paperback – 20 May 1993


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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group Inc.,U.S.; Ex-library edition (20 May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781559360616
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559360616
  • ASIN: 1559360615
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 13.5 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Feb 1999
Format: Paperback
Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize winning work, Angels In America, is a monumental masterpiece. Angels In America is a deep imaginative work which transcends from earth into Heaven; while focusing on various issues such as AIDS, sex, politics, and religion. In the two full-length plays, Millenium Approaches and Perestroika, Kushner illustrates highly imaginative, expressionistic-surrealistic techniques that tell a story of people trying to not only find meaning within the world, but also to find meaning within their lives. Prior is a man who is not only deteriorating due to the fact that he has AIDS, but also because his lover Louis abandoned him. Through his hallucinative encounters with his ancestors and angels; Prior will come to the realization that even when death is evident, if you have hope, you have life. Louis, Prior's ex-lover, becomes involved with Joe, an ex-Mormon, who decided to come out of the closet when his wife, Harper, who has a mild Valium addiction, is slowly having a nervous breakdown. Then there is Roy Cohn, a successful New York lawyer, who desperately tries to conceal his homosexuality and AIDS because he believes that only heterosexual men, not homosexual men, can have high power and clout.
All in all, Kushner wrote an astonishing American play that emphasizes the issues of our time. Issues like AIDS and homosexuality that were blatantly disregarded during the Reagan years, prohibited among religious beliefs, and looked down upon by society as a whole. Moreover, the play transcends deeper than these issues alone. There is a realistic sense of wanting to find meaning in life, to come to the realization that we should not be shameful for who we are, or what we do, also that we are wonderful creatures who deserve the blessing of more life!
Kristen Caprara
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 27 Dec 2005
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Plays are difficult things to read. It is rare to find a play that is widely read outside of classroom assignments. We have become so accustomed to the narrative form that it can be discombobulating to read stage directions, set descriptions, and stark lines of characters with little sense of the nuance of delivery, the emotion behind the words. Of course, we also have to thank Mr. William Shakespeare for scaring most people away from reading plays in play form. Great that the Bard is, many people look back on their school assignments of reading with a certain amount of angst. Play form is difficult enough, but surely Shakespeare could be translated into English!
'Angels in America, Pt. 1: Millennium Approaches' is, linguistically speaking, a much more accessible play. But it still suffers (as perhaps all plays must) from the lack of description beyond the words. In this regard, plays are very much more like poetry - they tend to latch on to single elements rather than taking the fuller form of narrative, and leave the rest to the imagination of the reader.
Tony Kushner's play is imaginative. Like great playwrights of old, he takes contemporary situations and figures and embellishes them, keeping faith with the overall meanings in society and the overall characters he's using, but is careful to make it known that this is a work of fiction.
We begin the play, staged (we are told) in the barest of scenery with a minimum of scene shifting and no black-outs - imagine, if you will, almost a stream of consciousness as the play progress - there is a funeral. A Jewish funeral. Not an unusual scene in New York, but the Rabbi doesn't know the woman, and so gives generic funereal orations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Feb 1999
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When I first started to read Angels in America, I wasn't quite sure of what to expect. My first thought was that it would be boring or slow moving because it's topic didn't quite interest me too much. However, once I started reading before I knew it 50 pages had gone by. It is written in a way that allows a change of pace in the story. It isn't just about a homosexual and his wife, it involves many other people who impact their lives. And we look into each one separately, so it provides for a break. It is also written well because it actually gives you a feel for the character's lives. It is like you are there watching as everything is going on. Characters are exciting, they liven up the story with visions, hallucinations, and conflicts throughout the play. One particular concept that I liked about the story was that it showed the impact of a homosexual who is married to a woman, yet sleeping with another man. It is interesting to see the effects of such a relationship and there was the question of if, or how she was going to find out. If asked, I would have to recommend Angels in America to anyone who wanted to read a well-crafted and interesting story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Feb 1999
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After reading both volumes of the play, Angels in America, I was left as a reader both confused and amazed. The sheer confusion I speak of comes from reading on my own and not having any idea what some of the conversations between characters were meant to have revealed. This play however has a certain brilliance that stems from its pure ability to captivate its audience through the use of coy imagery and explicit emotion. Aside from this, the topic of homosexuality, which is already a touchy subject in the world today, does not make the play any easier to read. The character of Joe, a straight heterosexual male, or so we are lead to believe, is found married to his valium addict wife who is yearning for sexual satisfaction. As book one progresses, we soon learn of Joes homosexual tendencies which quite strangely come as a revelation to his wife during a drug induced hallucination with another of the plays prime homosexual males, Prior. Building upon the weakness of Joes character, who is ultimately unable to make a decision whether or not he wants to actually make something of himself in life, the relationship between he and Harper (his soon to be estranged spouse) quickly begins to evaporate. At the same time on the other end of the spectrum, we find two males caught in a turbulent relationship, both of which not knowing exactly what they want. Prior, one of the men, is stricken with what is said to be AIDS and is dying very quickly. Louis, the other fellow, who happens to be in the relationship with Prior becomes frightened by what he sees, and although he thinks in his heart that he loves and he believes he is in fact loved, for some reason unknown to us, he just cannot manage to face the situation.Read more ›
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