- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Theatre Communications Group; 20th Anniversary edition (December 24, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781559363846
- ISBN-13: 978-1559363846
- ASIN: 1559363843
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 153 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes: Revised and Complete Edition 20th Anniversary Edition
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"A vast, miraculous play... provocative, witty and deeply upsetting... a searching and radical rethinking of American political drama." -Frank Rich, New York Times
"Daring and dazzling! The most ambitious America play of our time: an epic that ranges from earth to heaven; focuses on politics, sex, and religion; transports us to Washington, the Kremlin, the South Bronx, Salt Lake City and Antarctica; deals with Jews, Mormons, WASPs, blacks; switches between realism and fantasy, from the tragedy of AIDS to the camp comedy of drag queens to the death or at least absconding of God Angels in America is the broadest, deepest, most searching American play of our time." - Jack Kroll, Newsweek
Few plays have captured the spirit of an age more powerfully than Angels in America and the passage of time has not clipped Angels’ wings.” Paul Taylor, Independent (London)
Something rare, dangerous, and harrowing a roman candle hurled into a drawing room.” Nicholas de Jongh, London Evening Standard
Angels breaks all the rules to achieve the astonishing integrity of its vision It is a play that has remained utterly of-the-moment.” Jeremy Gerard, Bloomberg
The most influential American play of the last two decades.” Patrick Healy, New York Times
That Angels came so close to the burning heart of the Zeitgeist left Kushner fearing he would never get there again. But in fact he has been there so often that he seems to have passed right through it Angels, so much a cry in the dark about AIDS when it was written, seems now to be as much about the Earth’s potentially fatal illness as gay men’s.” Jesse Green, New York
The greatest American play of the waning years of the twentieth century.” Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
About the Author
Among many honors, Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, an Olivier Award, an Emmy Award, two Oscar nominations, and the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2012, he was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama. He lives in Manhattan with his husband, Mark Harris.
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The book itself is very sturdy (I bought the hardcover version), the cover beautiful (even if I'm not a fan of dust jackets) and the pages have held up through three read-throughs so far as I carry this book all over town like a security blanket and read it everywhere from the breakfast table to waiting rooms to my local park. Most satisfying purchase I've made yet. I recommend this to anyone who needs their heart broken and/or healed, or just has space on their bookshelf.
Definitely read both plays - Millennium Approaches and Peteroiska - because the themes in the first are developed and resolved in the latter. I taught the play to my college students: it really helps if they also watch the HBO production (it is a play, after all, not a novel). My students were bewildered at first, but the HBO version clarified much for them. I think that they ended up really loving Angels and will be thinking for a long time about its important themes. (They all loved Prior a lot.)
Finally, for the theory wonks and those teaching the play at college level: a major influence on Kushner's own work was Walter Benjamin's "The Work of Art in An Age of Mechanical Reproduction." Kushner has stated in interviews that the name, "Prior Walter," is derived from a joking reference to Benjamin between Kushner and a friend. An interesting essay assignment might be to examine the connections betweem Benjamin's theories and Angels. (I'm sure Kushner would think such a comparison totally beside the point - but a wonk is a wonk, and I teach theory (-;