Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Great staging, Epic

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National Theatre's acclaimed revival of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork comes to Broadway starring two-time Tony winner Nathan Lane and Tony nominee Andrew Garfield.

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America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. This new staging of 'Part One of Angels in America, Millennium Approaches,' and of 'Part Two, Perestroika' had its world premiere last year in a sold-out run at the National Theatre in London.


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Angels in America is a two-part performance. Part 1: Millennium Approaches and Part 2: Perestroika. Performances on Wednesdays and Sundays are sold individually. Thursday and Friday performances are sold together for a combined offer price of $150. Offer valid for select locations for all performances 3/28/18-7/1/18, except Saturdays. Must purchase by 5/6/18. There is an eleven (11) ticket limit per person. Tickets purchased which exceed this limit may be canceled without notification. Prices include a $2 facility fee per ticket purchased. Ticketmaster service fees for each ticket applicable to online or phone orders. ALL SALES FINAL. No refunds or exchanges. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time. Dates, times, prices and cast subject to change without notice.

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90
The New York Times

"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." Full Review

85
Broadway News

"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." Full Review

95
Theatermania

"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." Full Review

90
Variety

"Elliott’s production approaches Kushner’s overflowing dramatic riches by balancing the realistic style of the early domestic scenes with the fantastic surrealism of the later dream sequences...In introducing his substantial cast of characters, Kushner humanizes the tragedy of their lot with flashes of spiky New York (i.e., gay) humor...We’re entangled in Kushner’s expanding themes, amazingly prescient for their own time and still of critical importance to ours." Full Review

90
BroadwayWorld

"Thrilling and heart-gripping...While there are some striking visuals, the focus is fully on Kushner's words and storytelling...An invigorating experience that seems to fly by...Beautiful work is done throughout by the company of eight actors, who all double as realistic characters and fantasia roles...Kushner uses the plague as means by which to address themes that are still with us today." Full Review

95
Time Out New York

"A production of magnificent tenderness and sinew...Every moment is so rich, so rewarding, so engrossing that it flies by in a rush. It is hard to do justice to the multitudes that 'Angels' contains: its synthesis of the intellectual and the lyrical, the comic and the tragic, the intimate and the epic, the engaged and the transcendent. This is a play that breaks and fills your heart; it inspires you as it takes your breath away...Does 'Angels' in America still speak to us now? Yes, it does." Full Review

85
4Columns

"Kushner's masterpiece is a joy to watch, but it's also, admittedly, a labor...Kushner's brilliance...still wavers in the never-perfected 'Perestroika'...Elliott's swift-moving production sometimes sways toward sentimentalism...The play cringes whenever Kushner's poor-theater aesthetic is punched aside by something so blatantly Hollywood...Garfield delivers a performance of absolute clarion rightness...These little quibbles don’t stain the glory one jot. This Visitation is unmissable." Full Review

95
New York Stage Review

"It remains unblinkingly bold and politically provocative in Elliott’s astounding production...What was and is so remarkable is how the man spins words...You hang on every word, and after seven hours Kushner manages to tie each and every element into a grand fantasia that is astonishing, unimaginable perfection...The cast is exceptional—although one of the most exceptional moments might come when you realize that there are only eight actors up there." Full Review

95
Theater News Online

"As this majestic, exquisitely designed and fiercely acted Broadway revival proves, the work is never done...It’s theater that makes you smarter, a brainy mega-drama that pierced the national discourse on AIDS, faith and progressivism, inspiring countless theater makers. Marianne Elliott’s sleek, neon-accented staging firmly binds the twisting plot strands...The acting throughout is first-rate...Go, gasp, gape – and giggle." Full Review

95
Lighting & Sound America

"A magnificent thing of sound and fury...The theatrical equivalent of a teeming, furiously detailed Diego Rivera mural...Kushner weaves an extraordinary magic-realist tapestry...Marianne Elliott, who doesn't so much stage plays as create universes for them, orchestrates these political-social-spiritual, life-or-death doings with possibly even more brio than she brought to 'War Horse'...A stunning ensemble...'Angels in America' has lost nothing of its incantatory power." Full Review

95
Theater Life

"This epic remains startlingly relevant and Elliott's highly theatrical and insightful new production is simultaneously massive and intimate...When the play opened critics predicted it would take its place alongside the masterworks of O’Neill, Williams, and Miller. This quirky, heartfelt revival confirms that status...Stellar company...The whole seven and a half hour experience moves like a jet-propelled dream. It's an experience you'll never forget." Full Review

80
DC Theatre Scene

"'Angels' remains compelling. It is very funny and moving and smart. It is also overwhelming and sprawling...and at times inaccessibly esoteric...Whatever flaws exist in the play and in the production, they are like so many speed bumps in a glorious road trip driven by Kushner’s rage, passion, compassion, intelligence, energy, and ear...May not be a hugely more significant production, as all the attention could make you believe. But this 'Angels' is just as spectacular–and just as can’t-miss." Full Review

92
Front Row Center

"While watching the intense gay themes, it is almost too easy to forget that this play is set in 1985...The writing is masterful and Lane and McArdle are more than up to the task...Under Marianne Elliott’s direction, 'Angels' is a roiling, churning entity." Full Review

75
Theatre's Leiter Side

"Epochal in its ambition, thematic significance, humor, theatricalism, historical viewpoints, political commentary, and combination of searing rhetoric and crawling profanity. And yet it sometimes seems less than the sum of its parts…Production is…excellent, but doesn't strike me as any more exceptional than the original…Various obstacles to full appreciation niggle…none more so than the show's excessive length, which must unravel multiple plot lines before the final curtain." Full Review

95
The Hollywood Reporter

"In a superlative production like this one, directed with laser-like acuity by Marianne Elliott, it's the prescience of the writing that truly astonishes — no less than the harrowing beauty, the wildly imaginative flights and the acerbic humor of the drama, or the riveting work of a magnificent ensemble...What remains amazing is how much of this sprawling yet cohesive tapestry Kushner got so right...There are design masterstrokes that take your breath away." Full Review

70
The Wall Street Journal

"Roy Cohn is played by Nathan Lane, and his presence is its most distinctive element...Elliott’s cast, Lane and Garfield excepted, too often has trouble getting out in front of the hectic visual action...Watching this production, it’s easy to forget that 'Angels' is a conceptually big play that calls for an unexpectedly small cast...'Angels' works best in the theater, and if you’ve never seen it there, this revival, imperfect though it is, will show you much of what you’ve been missing." Full Review

90
AM New York

"Kushner’s marathon magnum opus of contemporary American drama is now receiving a splashy, sleek and stunning Broadway revival with an outstanding cast led by Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield...Taking in the play is not easy. In addition to its length, many sequences are bizarre, didactic and choppy. But there is no denying its theatrical brilliance, literary ambition and cultural relevance. It is often just as romantic and hilarious as it is philosophic and intense." Full Review

90
The Clyde Fitch Report

"The best American play of the 1990s...The playwright achieves a heavenly piece...This is one of Lane’s greatest stage performances ever. Every one of Elliott’s cast is up to the task, and although it sometimes seems the director has some very ill people shouting more than they should be able, they all succeed greatly in a tech-slick production...The one-on-one confrontations that emerge throughout 'Angels' contain some of Kushner’s most trenchant lines...Such stunning poetry." Full Review

75
Chicago Tribune

"Lane is extraordinary in a staging that, in some other ways, too badly wants to pull a text that still demands to be at the center of the political discourse in the direction of the theatrically quixotic...Garfield takes theatrical command of Prior in a way that initially jars, but ultimately elevates the character...Lane may have the most dominant performance, but Garfield’s revisionist and ennobling work is perhaps the most conceptually successful element of this new production." Full Review

90
New York Daily News

"The most electrifying production you’re apt to ever see of the author’s masterwork...The scope and richness of the two-part saga remain as impressive as ever...Direction by Elliott amplifies the play’s powers and wrings out every drop of emotion. Slashes of neon, rotating set pieces, and a seamless restlessness give the staging its own striking distinction...The cast is uniformly very effective...The desire for 'more life' remains constant. Just like the power of this sprawling play." Full Review

96
Front Mezz Junkies

"A once in a lifetime kind of production that will move you beyond anything that you've seen before, shattering your senses and tearing your heart to pieces...This current revival is as solidly majestic and complete as one could wish for...Words can barely describe its wonder...Magnificent cast...The heart-breaking and powerful 7 1/2 hours flew by, carried on the energy and excitement of the audience and the intensity of the wings of an angel." Full Review

95
CurtainUp

"Enormously entertaining...Both stagecraft and performances once again prove that rich source material fosters continuous all around excellence...Elliott and her team support rather than temper Kushner's audaciously real and surreal storytelling and interlinked array of unforgettable characters—all performed by a cast that confirms that these characters bring out the best in their interpreters...The most satisfyingly grand theatrical outing currently on any New York stage." Full Review

90
Talkin' Broadway

"The National Theatre's 'Angels' seems more political, more contemporary, then ever...The miracle of the production is the way in which everything that is going on makes perfect sense, even while it happily embraces overlapping elements of naturalism and expressionism...About the only thing production-wise that I did not care for was Adrian Sutton's insistent and melodramatic musical underscoring...But truly, any quibbles I might have are trivial...You will find yourself spellbound." Full Review

70
Theater In The Now

"Tony Kushner has crafted a Pulitzer Prize winning text that some would categorize as a Shakespeare of our generation...The National Theatre's production of the revival is triumphant, but also features some curious choices...Elliott takes great care and consideration when it comes to exploring Kushner's story. Her staging is swift and smart, which allows the focus to remain solely on the text...Elliott does not care about consistency." Full Review

85
The Wrap

"Elliott’s staging enthralls by putting the fantasy of Kushner’s play front and center...Whenever Kushner’s pontifications about the cosmos threaten to dominate, there’s Elliott and her designers hard at work to lift the verbal overload...It’s quite a story, and Kushner’s powers of narrative and imagination are prodigious in 'Millennium Approaches.' 'Perestroika,' which Kushner has continued to rewrite over the years, remains something of a fascinating mess." Full Review

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93
Epic, Great acting, Must see, Resonant, Great staging

See it if you want to experience a master work of American theater that could not be more relevant. Superb cast, fantastic staging and direction.

Don't see it if you can't commit to the near 8-hour running time for both parts.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You want to see the best play of the current generation given a perfect staging by a great director leading a flawless cast.

Don't see it if You cannot sit for a 7 hour play that flies by and engages the heart, mind and soul.

92
Riveting, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you're a fan of the play or the cast, you are curious about Roy Cohn, the AIDS crisis, gay self-acceptance, Mormonism & self-empowerment

Don't see it if you don't like 2-part 8 hour plays, are uncomfortable with plots about gays or AIDS, you once admired Roy Cohn, don't like surreal elements

Also Terrific production that just sweeps you right along. Garfield's trans... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Epic, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you appreciate a deep dive into the emotional turmoil of the mid-80's and the beginning of the AIDS epidemic

Don't see it if You can't commit to almost 8 hours of time in a theater, you aren't interested in the politics and fears surrounding the AIDS epidemic.

Also I really enjoyed the show and thought that the performances were very ... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if its on your list of shows to see, I enjoyed the way the Angel is protrayed. FYI: as of now I've only seen Part 1.

Don't see it if You’re uncomfortable with topics dealing with gay, AIDs, & religion. Also it’s a long performance so be prepare. Part 1, Act 1 was very slow

92
Epic, Great acting, Intense, Resonant

See it if you want to see one of the great works in a worthwhile production, you are moved by last century themes that still carry relevance.

Don't see it if you are unable to sit through 8 hours; you are uncomfortable with religious, gay, AIDs, and political themes.

70
Relevant, Great writing, Acting not where it needs to be

See it if This is a fantastic vital play, and if it is being done, it should be seen. I saw it in London and was glad to have the chance to see it.

Don't see it if Casting doesn’t work, esp. next to the original company. Lane isn’t Cohn and Garfield is indicating like a fiend.

Also I was sorry to see that Russell Tovey, who played Joe Pitt, didn’t cro... Read more Read less

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if PART 1: you like intellectually stimulating political pieces about the AIDS crisis in the 80s, dramas about the human condition

Don't see it if PART 1: if you don't like plays predominantly about being gay, if you're a fan of the Trump presidency thus also a supporter of Roy Cohn

Also The ensemble of actors, British and American, are sublime! It is a lon... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Must see, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You love the play or Marianne Elliot’s direction. It’s truly a masterful production

Don't see it if You have a short attention span, as the show is nearly 8 hours long, or if you’re banking on a Andrew Garfield. I didn’t care for him

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see, Relevant

See it if You want to be engrossed in a beautiful, surreal experience that will stick with you

Don't see it if You don't have the stamina for 7.5 hours of theater. You are uncomfortable with full nudity

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You love dark, resonant dramas featuring revelatory performances and timeless stories.

Don't see it if You don’t like long, epic plays about dark and emotional subjects. You are homophobic.

97
Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You want to see one of the greatest plays of our time in all its heartbreaking, life-affirming, hilarious, terrifying glory.

Don't see it if You don’t have 7.5 hours in you. Other than tiny quibbles about the set and Garfield going a touch over the top, it was electrifying.

92
Ambitious, Epic, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if Have never seen Angels, or want to see a brilliant new staging of a still relevant play

Don't see it if Are closed minded, want something firmly planted in reality, or for want to face difficult themes

Also Both halves together are 7.5 hours long. It's a marathon of a day seei... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Must see, Resonant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you want to experience one of the masterful plays in the American canon, you want to see a skilled play about the misfortunes of minorities

Don't see it if you don't like long plays (the 2 are 7.5 hrs), you are not interested in serious topics that deal with social issues

Also Saw both parts in one day and was not disappointed. I have seen previo... Read more Read less

83
Absorbing, Dizzying, Epic, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You’ve never seen this play before and have always wanted to — especially if you’re a gay man.

Don't see it if You don’t like highly intelligent, talky plays, or if you don’t want to hear about the specific, devastating effects of AIDS.

79
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Profound, Uneven

See it if you want a serviceable (by no means definitive) production of an epic (if flawed & overlong) modern masterwork of political theatre.

Don't see it if you want to avoid a shrill Garfield, scenery-chewing Lane, leaden Pace & monotonous Gough in an otherwise potent, effective revival.

Also I realize that this play holds a (warranted) sacrosanct reputation and... Read more Read less

94
Epic, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Great writing

See it if you haven't. Part of the American canon, its a must see for any theater fan. It traverses the personal and political seamlessly. Genius.

Don't see it if you're looking for sheer escapism, you lack stamina. It's intensely unafraid to explore uncomfortable areas both in society and within us.

98
Epic, Great acting, Intense, Must see, Resonant

See it if You want to see the best acting on Broadway! Topic is Aids in the 1980’s and it is still televant today.!Epic 8’hours long, but well worth i

Don't see it if You are not interested in the Aids epidemic of the 1980’s and do not want to spend 8 hours of your time immersed in this show.

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Indulgent, Great writing

See it if Monolithic play of injustice upon minorities will play with your cognitive distortions of America. See it for the acting, not the production

Don't see it if 8 hours of political/social diatribes & caterwauling scenes will wear you out. Even with a discount, don't see it all in one day. Too Much!

84
Epic, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see a epic Pulitzer winning play. The acting is amazing, especially through 7.5hrs.

Don't see it if you can't sit through 7.5hrs of extremely verbose, apocalyptic shows about AIDS and gay life.

Also Unfortunately, we had a pair of extreme-feeling (e.g. cacklilng laught... Read more Read less

98
Immersive, Magical, Darkly-humorous, Mystifyingly wonderful, Ambitiously-intelligent

See it if a 7.5-hour long, 2-part play (2 intermissions per part) called a "gay fantasia on national themes" piques your attention; you want to think.

Don't see it if themes of 1980s politics, the AIDS Crisis, homosexuality, affairs, racism, religious questioning; nudity, sexuality, and blood bother you.

Also Humanity is “painful progress” and decisions: love or leave, lose or l... Read more Read less

90
Captivating, Ambitious, Wonderful acting, Outstanding american drama, Intellectual yet intimate

See it if Long (7+ hours for both parts), lyrical examination of humanity in the time of AIDS, blends reality & fantasy. Politics, medicine, human...

Don't see it if nature, religion & supernaturalism- all sentient thought- succeed each other in scene after scene, yet all coalesce. Heavy but glorious.

92
Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Relevant, Great writing

See it if Fantastic acting. Great drama that is as fresh today as it was 25 years ago. Interested in the beginning of the AIDS crisis and Roy Cohen

Don't see it if Only interested in fluff and musicals,

Also We saw both parts in 1 day. I would recommend seeing it in 2 days. My ... Read more Read less

91
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Resonant, Great staging

See it if you want to see Andrew Garfield light up the stage.

Don't see it if if you want to see a production that equals the TV version in terms of movingly great acting with the whole cast.

92
Funny, Absorbing, Epic, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want to see what will probably be the best production of the most important play of the past 25 years for the next decade.

Don't see it if I mean, maybe if you already saw a production of Angels and you didn't like it? This isn't perfect, but there's a lot to recommend.

Also I've spent the last three weeks thinking about this production. Much l... Read more Read less


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