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Angels in America: Part One [Millennium Approaches] & Part Two [Perestroika] ((NHB Modern Plays)) Paperback – 12 Apr 2007

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books (12 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854599828
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854599827
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Angels in America is the finest drama of our time, speaking to us of an entire era of life and death as no other play within memory...In its sweep and imagination it defines the collapse of a moral universe during the Reagan years in an unforgettable way, transcending its specific time in the richness of its portrait of an America Lost, perhaps to be regained...It's a pretty funny play too. How we still need it! It ranks as nothing less than one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century. --John Heilpern, New York Observer

The play has never left our cultural consciousness. It is performed regularly in schools and local theaters; it is on the syllabuses of university English and drama classes, and the star-filled 2003 HBO adaptation, directed by Mike Nichols, is in many a home-video library...What Angels does as well as any play I know is create a visceral sense of public and private catastrophes as prisms of one another...The received wisdom about Mr. Kushner is that he is a great playwright. This production reminds us that he is also a good one, which as far as satisfying nights at the theater are concerned, may be more important. --New York Times on the 2010 Signature Theatre Company revival

About the Author

Tony Kushner is also the author of A Bright Room Called Day, Death & Taxes, Homebody/Kabul and Caroline, or Change, all published by Nick Hern Books.


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I was lucky enough to buy my copy of this play as part of the programme for a touring stage production of 'Angels in America', a production which I loved. Being able to read the text having seen the play was wonderful - Kushner's writing is extremely funny and moving, and just seeing the play you can't hope to remember all the great lines and moments - and I would strongly recomment this edition as it prints both parts side by side.

The play is dramatic and energetic, and this comes through in the text - readers may be a little astounded with the variety and speed of Kushner's scenes - the Antarctic, a hospital, an office, heaven; you name it and this play's probably got it - but this really does work on stage, and makes for an exciting awnd compelling plot

In its scope the play is impressive; it deals with relationships, death, AIDs and homosexuality in 1980s America by creating sympathetic characters (even the unfortunately real life and really unpleasant character of Roy Cohn gains maybe a few grains of sympathy at the end; it's worth noticing how often the stage directions for his speech advocated a 'scared' delivery) which recreate huge promlems on a smaller, human scale. It also takes its subject matter to a more epic level by introducing the guardian angels of the earth, and dealing with spirituality and religion in an increasingly atheistic society. Although set now twenty years in the past, the play still has a great deal of contemporary relevance, and offers a lot to learn on many levels.

At times when reading, the play may feel rather more pretentious than epic, particularly the ending which seems rather saccharine, so while I advocate reading this play - it should move you, make you think and entertain you, what more can you ask?
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In my eyes. The best play I have ever read/come across. The style, the way it is written, the techniques, the plot...all of it is amazing. It is funny, quite rude in a lot of places but also shows the importance of political matters during the time in which this play is set.
I have used this play so many times and fallen in love with it. If you love the TV series, you'll love this. If you love this, you'll love the TV Series. Cannot physically fault this play.
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Two plays in one. A landmark piece about HIV in the 90s
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I bought this for my university degree. The item was dispatched quickly and was good value and an excellent read. Thank you.
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