REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Angels in America (Broadway)” Opened with a ShowScore of 90

Show-Score | Mar 26, 2018
“Angels in America,” written by Tony Kushner and directed by Marianne Elliott, opened on March 25, 2018 in New York City. “Angels in America,” written by Tony Kushner and directed by Marianne Elliott, opened on March 25, 2018 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

29 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 89.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 90
"A flat-out fabulous revival...with a top-flight cast led by Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane in career-high performances...The inhabitants of 'Angels' are as glowingly individual as illuminated fingerprints. I found it impossible not to identify or even fall a little in love with all of them...The play’s second half still lacks the focus of its first part...But the characters remain so palpably there, in the writing and the performance, that attention never flags."
Charles Isherwood
Broadway News
ShowScore: 85
"Its vision of a pervading darkness haltingly giving way to light, of human loneliness resolving itself into either communal comfort or acceptance, remains as moving today as it did when the play first exploded into the national consciousness...There is not a weak or underpowered performance in the production...Visually, Elliott’s is not a remarkable or ambitious production...One’s in-the-moment quibbles tend to feel like feeble footnotes in the aftermath of the experience of the play."
Zachary Stewart
Theatermania
ShowScore: 95
"It is no exaggeration to call 'Angels' a genuine American masterpiece...Elliott's inventive physical staging proves an ideal match for Kushner's sprawling, cinematic, and magic-laden text. Elliott doesn't treat Kushner's penchant for overlapping scenes as an obstacle, but an opportunity for counterpoint...'Angels' has only grown...This is a play that reveals new secrets with each viewing, so you should never pass up a chance to see it — especially in a production this tremendous."

“Angels in America (Broadway)” was also reviewed by Greg Evans of Deadline, Scott Harrah of StageZine, Mark Shenton of The Stage (UK), Elysa Gardner of New York Stage Review, Deb Miller of DC Metro Theater Arts, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Christopher Kelly of NJ.com, Peter Marks of The Washington Post, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, David Finkle of The Clyde Fitch Report, Matt Windman of AM New York, Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene, Steven Suskin of New York Stage Review, Adam Feldman of Time Out New York, Marilyn Stasio of Variety, Barbara Schuler of Newsday, Allison Adato of Entertainment Weekly, and Elizabeth Wollman of Show Showdown.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 225 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 90.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Great staging, Ambitious

MCohen6277, ShowScore: 96 
See it if…"You want to re-discover one of the greatest works of American drama in a taught and inventive new production."
Don't see it if…"You go to the theatre for escapist entertainment, or can't sit still for long periods of time."
Kate FC, ShowScore: 92
See it if…"You enjoy dialogue-driven character studies that reflect a heartbreaking moment in history."
Don't see it if…"You can't sit still for long; you don't care about LGBTQ history."

Beau G, ShowScore: 89 
See it if…"To see 'Angels' with all the design bells and whistles; to see new take on the Angel; to see Lane's indelible, pitch-perfect incarnation of Cohn."
Don't see it if…"You expect an ideal cast: save Lane, all roles have been more effectively played in other productions; you can't see both parts (8 hrs total)."

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