Angels in America (Broadway)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Ambitious

About the Show

National Theatre's acclaimed revival of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork comes to Broadway starring Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield. Winner of six 2018 Tony Awards, including Best Play Revival of a Play.

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75
Great staging, Strong acting, Interminable, Indulgent, Unfocused

See it if you care about form over content. Staging/acting are uniformly excellent. The script's quality, though, varies wildly from scene to scene.

Don't see it if you're frustrated by indulgent playwrights. AIA eats up 8 hrs of your life. Awkward mixing of reality/fantasy. Hard to see Roy Cohn funny.

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Dizzying, Epic, Masterful, Profound, Funny

See it if Life and death, love and abandonment, sickness and hope, lies and delusions, seeking identity. Creative, powerful acting and staging.

Don't see it if You aren't up for 7+ hours with a long exposition; heavy supernatural elements; some silliness like sex with a scary angel; dated context.

Critic Reviews (63)

The New York Times
March 25th, 2018

"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."
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Time Out New York
March 25th, 2018

"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."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
March 25th, 2018

"Couldn’t feel more vivid, more eloquently enraged, funnier, or more full of life...Elliott’s shadowy, shifting production is proof that Kushner’s play is that rarest and most thrilling of creations: a piece of theater that’s immediate and immortal...The ensemble is a muscular and immensely moving one...The brilliance of 'Angels' lies not only in its remarkably drawn characters, or its interwoven storylines, or its richness of ideas, but in Kushner’s ability to suffuse all these things with humor."
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The Hollywood Reporter
March 25th, 2018

"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."
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Entertainment Weekly
March 25th, 2018

"As relevant as ever, in part because it wrestles with timeless questions of good and evil, faith and loyalty, and what connects us to one another. In fact, in its near-total realization of some of modern theater’s greatest ambitions, it still towers over almost any stage event in its wake...Elliott...brings out the text’s dreamier aspects, blurring an unreal reality...This renewed reminder that the world will spin forward also through these troubled times feels especially welcome."
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Variety
March 25th, 2018

"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."
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The Wall Street Journal
March 25th, 2018

"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."
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Deadline
March 25th, 2018

"As rich a theatrical experience as when Kushner won the Pulitzer back in ’93...The up-is-down mendacity of Roy Cohn’s right-wing school of power-broking literally eulogized in 'Angels' has proven more tenacious than even Kushner’s all-seeing seraphim might have imagined...This revival pulses with Kushner’s explosive imagination and a cast that comes thrillingly close to the emotional power of the original cast...Chief among them being Lane."
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The Washington Post
March 25th, 2018

"Elliott’s riveting production is the kind of bracing total immersion in fierce, funny drama that is nutrition for both intellect and soul. This is, to my mind, much more than a nostalgic reexamination of one of the high points of late-20th-century theater...This owes to both an irrepressible inventiveness in Elliott’s staging and to the performances she elicits from eight actors of consummate range, playing the constellation of characters in 'Angels' ' interwoven plots."
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Chicago Tribune
March 25th, 2018

"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."
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Los Angeles Times
March 26th, 2018

"I had seen Marianne Elliott's production in London last summer and was blown away by how Kushner's masterwork spoke directly to the crisis we're facing today in Trump's America. In particular, the character of Roy Cohn, incarnated by Nathan Lane with insolent glee, seemed to channel the voice of the current political zeitgeist...Elliott's production earns the optimism that has troubled me in the past...No play can repair the world, but 'Angels' offers us a timeless road map."
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New York Daily News
March 25th, 2018

"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."
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AM New York
March 25th, 2018

"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."
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NY1
April 25th, 2018

"A bravura production...It's striking how relevant the play remains. Kushner's indictment of our moral failings extends to matters of race, mental illness, religion...What stood out to me is the startling depiction of the Angel. Far from a herald angel, this time it's a hauntingly evocative creature portending tragedy filled with humor, fantasy, surrealism, and in the end a glimmer of hope...Intellectually and emotionally rewarding...There is no doubt the work is great on that Broadway stage."
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Theatermania
March 25th, 2018

"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."
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BroadwayWorld
March 26th, 2018

"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."
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Lighting & Sound America
April 3rd, 2018

"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."
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Talkin' Broadway
March 25th, 2018

"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."
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New York Stage Review
March 25th, 2018

"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."
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New York Stage Review
March 25th, 2018

"The stunning new Broadway revival of 'Angels' is haunted by everything that’s happened since...Elliott mines the daunting structural and supernatural elements of Kushner’s play without a trace of empty spectacle...However pointed and relevant many of 'Angels’' political insights remain, the play ultimately celebrates progress in a non-partisan sense, as something that is difficult but necessary and ultimately inevitable. It’s a timeless and universal message."
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Theater News Online
March 26th, 2018

"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."
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Broadway News
March 25th, 2018

"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."
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TheaterScene.net
March 30th, 2018

"It's been directed by wunderkind Marianne Elliott, who also directed the other recent phenomenal British imports, War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night. And with her customarily stunning, visual effects, it continues to create a universe of its own, that tells its story with conviction and truth. What could more perfectly serve playwright Kushner's intentions, even as ambitious as those intentions are?"
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Theater Pizzazz
March 25th, 2018

"Kushner’s opus seems as timely and relevant as it did twenty-five years ago...It’s a tribute to Kushner’s writing that all these unlikely pairings seem completely natural. Elliott also gets credit for the uneasy yet unobtrusive marriage of the mundane and the phenomenal...Elliott has certainly managed to get extraordinary performances from her fine cast...What’s so striking about 'Angels in America' is the richness of its story and the depth of its characters."
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CurtainUp
March 25th, 2018

"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."
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Front Row Center
March 26th, 2018

"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."
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Stage Buddy
April 3rd, 2018

"As I continue to paw and puzzle over director Marianne Elliott and co.’s dazzling production of Kushner’s work...I kept coming back to the inconceivability that something should be so spectacular, entertaining and mainstream, while also so incisively highbrow, lofty, and academic...The performances are strong across the board, each fully realized and uniquely physical. Andrew Garfield is particularly fearless."
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Front Mezz Junkies
April 4th, 2018

"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."
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Exeunt Magazine
March 28th, 2018

"It’s lengthy and heady, but it's also a complete masterpiece of writing, acting, and directing, and it speaks to the current time in bold and all caps...From a director at the height of her powers to an unparalleled cast giving, across the board, emotionally raw, thrilling performances, there is nothing else like what is happening at the Neil Simon Theatre....A play that crackles and jolts you...Elliott's staging has such equality that each story is as important and as enthralling as the next."
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Broadway Blog
March 26th, 2018

"Returning to Broadway for the first time in 25 years, the plays are as bristling, dynamic and relevant as when they first appeared. If you are willing to give yourself over to its characters' desperate search for inner truth, you will be rewarded with a theatrical experience that will both devastate and exhilarate you…A testament to where we stand today: at the precipice of self-destruction and a soaring re-invention of one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
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C
March 25th, 2018

"Far from a period piece, it feels sadly all too timely in the Age of Trump...In its structure, the play remains the theatrical equivalent of a 24-course tasting menu, with items that are alternately bitter, sweet, salty, and sour...Elliott and her mostly splendid cast bring out the humor in Kushner’s text more fully than I recall in any prior production...The laughter occasionally dulls the pain we’re supposed to feel...but it also helps the play’s length feel less than arduous."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
April 1st, 2018

"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."
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DC Theatre Scene
March 25th, 2018

"'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."
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4Columns
March 30th, 2018

"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."
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The Clyde Fitch Report
March 25th, 2018

"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."
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The Wrap
March 25th, 2018

"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."
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
March 31st, 2018

"Impressive performances under the equally impressive and inventive direction by Marianne Elliott...Amazingly, while dealing with situations of the utmost seriousness, Kushner injects massive humor along the way, and the combination works splendidly, making the work often very funny as well as penetrating and upsetting. The play offers a bonanza for actors, and this cast comes through admirably...A revival to be cherished, and missing it would certainly leave a gap in one’s theatergoing."
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W
March 27th, 2018

"Outstanding...'Angels' is both specific and monumental. Characters are sympathetic, politics so sharp, the author draws blood, religion knowledgeably manifest, bigotry excoriated. Shockingly, the playwright's arch sense of humor has us laughing through an obstacle course of tragedy. The accomplishment is masterful...Elliott helms an inspired production...Andrew Garfield should get the Tony Award. He’s astonishing. Never before has the actor shown such range and fearlessness."
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T
March 28th, 2018

"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."
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Theater In The Now
April 4th, 2018

"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."
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The Stage (UK)
March 25th, 2018

"'Angels in America' is a highly politicised story, but also a deeply personal one. The performances of the cast are beautifully nuanced and have only grown in stature and distress since the London run...Garfield and McArdle are heartbreaking in their anguish and separation. Lane is ferocious as the venal lawyer Roy Cohn – the triumph of Kushner’s writing is in the way it creates compassion for him, something beautifully articulated by Stewart-Jarrett as Cohn’s nurse."
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Stage Left
April 2nd, 2018

"Sleekly staged by Elliot...Features a superb ensemble cast...Brilliantly funny...Elliott's use of the space is masterful...Elliott's vision capitalizes on the increasingly fantastic nature of the text...This production can feel coolly clinical at times-almost too sleek-but the overall aesthetic is striking and memorable...A transcendent and timely production...One of the greatest plays ever written and certainly the most important of the past 25 years."
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Daily Beast
March 25th, 2018

"The emotional and political weave of Kushner’s writing is immaculately provocative of both head and heart...For all its ranginess, this production is a masterclass in storytelling clarity and profundity...This is seven and a half hours of luxurious dramatic immersion, and in no way arid or plodding. You will laugh a lot, which may surprise you. But this play is as streaked with humor as it is intellectual and emotional weightiness...This is theater at its most whole and embracing."
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Towleroad
March 26th, 2018

"The magnificent new production arrives colored by hindsight, through the visionary, outsider perspective of Marianne Elliott...Elliott’s staging makes a striking visual case for the timelessness of Kushner’s cosmic and moral themes — even if it sometimes comes at the expense of the play’s grounding in flesh and blood...As Kushner’s fantasia sprawls and unravels, the wholly cosmic atmosphere Elliott creates with 'Perestroika' feels more visually assured."
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DC Metro Theater Arts
March 25th, 2018

"The richly-layered presentation keeps moving and the time flies by, with seamless fast-paced transitions through gripping scenes of the individual and intimate, the broader socio-political, and the cosmic and otherworldly, before leaving us with an uplifting message of self-worth, acceptance, and hope for the future. It’s a message that we needed then, and need again now...'Angels' is at once a period piece, a timeless classic, and a renewed call for action and hope."
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Financial Times (UK)
March 26th, 2018

"Lane adds Falstaffian wit and vulnerability. What we see here is a monster who is also a victim. That spirit of ambiguity animates Marianne Elliott’s staging, which uses expressionistic design to blur the division between fantasy and verisimilitude...Amid innumerable costume changes, the eight speaking cast members, who all play multiple roles, seem inspired by divine theatrical energy."
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City Cabaret
March 29th, 2018

"The epic revival ignites the same emotions as the earlier versions, eliciting more humor than I remember...Much of the humor comes from the cast, many actors playing several roles. Outstanding is Nathan Lane in surely his finest performance...Equally magnetic is Andrew Garfield...'Angels of America' is exceptional and as essential today as it was in the days that inspired it. It is a stirring production that every theater-lover should see."
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Newsday
March 25th, 2018

"Kushner’s masterwork gets a high-impact revival...Lane gives an emotional, fierce portrayal of Cohn...'Angels' presents a complicated story that covers nearly eight hours in two parts, a major commitment requiring audiences to maintain deep concentration just to keep up. But it’s time well spent, if only to revel in the glories of Ian MacNeil’s futuristic set and the spectacular performances...My most significant takeaway is that the triumph of 'Angels' is its subliminal call to action."
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NJ.com
March 25th, 2018

"One of the countless wonders of this instant-classic production is the way it energizes, instead of enervates, as it goes along, expanding in scale and scope, spinning out one surprise after another...As directed beautifully by Marianne Elliot, 'Angels in America' is also a rip-roaring, vastly entertaining melodrama...If there's any complaint here, it's that a few of the actors don't entirely sound American. The performances are all so committed and deeply felt that any initial reservations fade away."
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M
April 1st, 2018

"Elliott's production has become stronger and increasingly potent with this most recent outing on Broadway..,.Elliott directs the play with a tinge of weighty self-seriousness at times but the text still manages to be buoyant. Certain design elements come across as heavy-handed...but these choices don't sink the show...Digs into the personal relationships in a new way, and delivers a message of hope with open arms."
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Village Voice
March 29th, 2018

"Elliott’s production seems simultaneously to succumb to this tendency toward abstraction and fight it ferociously — at times even too ferociously...Like the soundscore, the acting it accompanies tends to push toward the frenetic...The revelation of what suddenly seem to be so many barren patches in the script is distressing because it seems to enlarge flaws that 'Angels in America' has always been acknowledged to have. To say so is not to underrate its achievement."
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Queer Voices
March 25th, 2018

"In a play so complicated, it takes a skilled director to balance all the characters and their many subplots. Sadly, it seems that perhaps Elliott was not up for the job...The direction lacks a clear center or focal point...Praise must be given to the supporting cast...These actors helped to round out the piece...An imperfect production, but the play itself makes up for this...A masterpiece, and this production proves it. It is heart-wrenching, funny, emotionally moving, and most of all real."
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StageZine
March 25th, 2018

"The first part is a masterpiece and one of the most provocative American plays of all time. The cast is superb and many of the performances are among the best in the past decade...Elliott certainly puts a new spin on 'Angels in America,' but her directorial choices may not please purists...As the adage goes 'less is more,' and that is certainly the case here in an epic saga that is already so complicated, but there is no doubt this revival is a memorable one."
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Z
March 26th, 2018

"The ambition and scope of 'Angels in America' would be laughable if Kushner weren’t so deft a playwright. Kushner weaves his grand themes about democracy, progress, and the limitations therein into the intimate lives of his characters, and therein lies the true emotional power of the piece...Nothing about Kushner’s dialogue feels dated, and the themes of power and its exercise — or rather its misuse — have a grim resonance...The cast is universally outstanding."
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Show Showdown
March 25th, 2018

"Lasting artwork that reminds us of where we've been, how far we've come, and where we still desperately need to go. While it was impossible for me not to compare the production with the original, this one holds its own due in very large part to an excellent cast...One of the many enduring strengths of 'Angels'...is that the characters in it are all so personable and approachable and flawed and real. The play takes frequent flights from reality, but its characters keep it firmly grounded."
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M
March 25th, 2018

"This greatly anticipated theatrical revival falls from grace despite the talents of Garfield and Lane (whose comic delivery of Cohen was damaging.)...'Angels in America' limped along on fractured wings...With paltry acting and faulty staging...Kushner's brilliant writing appeared throughout...Unfortunately, the script was fractured by too many fleeting distractions including a frenetic set and dismal choreographing; especially disappointing in the Angel's aberrational transformation."
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Showbiz 411
March 26th, 2018

"Now more than ever you see the grandeur of it all, and can only marvel at it...And it’s all the more astonishing because Kushner took on the AIDS epidemic not as a polemic but a saga with characters very richly drawn...Garfield is utterly absorbed into this role to the point where you almost can’t imagine anyone else playing it. He’s outrageous, serious, broad, and intense– what a roller coaster...Every other member of the cast is perfection."
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Parade
March 28th, 2018

"Lane and Garfield are the center of an extraordinary Broadway revival...It has never been more powerful, potent and of the moment...Its deeper themes ring even stronger now, and it lands timelessly as a play about the many kinds of love in the world, of the complications of loss and loneliness, of the power of loyalty. Kushner's writing is so extraordinary that you cling to every word."
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N
March 26th, 2018

"The play is still unrivaled, thanks to a production directed by Marianne Elliott that brings out the best in the work...But it's the cast that makes this 'Angels' soar...Whoever thought to cast Lane as Cohn should be given a MacArthur 'Genius Grant'...His Tony Award–worthy performance is matched by Garfield's own as Prior, the heart of the play...The reason companies will stage this work for decades, is that it's first and foremost great, riveting drama. And its time has come—again."
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Escape Into Life
May 24th, 2018

"It seems brand new. That observation is an enthusiastic tribute to the piece and its beautifully envisioned and acted revival...Elliot brings her creativity and activity to a work that is dense, burningly intelligent, and metaphysical, yet poignantly down-to-earth...Modern technology and a high budget enables Aristotelian limits to be thrown out the window, and this marrying of wild extravagance to the deepest human feeling makes for an essential Spectacle."
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A
March 27th, 2018

"Both timely and timeless...This revival soars so high and lands so hard...Its inimitable mix of camp, politics, science fiction and melodrama makes its nearly eight-hour run time glide by...Has more laughs than many ostensible stage comedies...Elliott has reimagined the Angel as a sort of junkyard eagle, a feral scrapper held aloft by bodysuited supernumeraries rather than suspended by wires. It is a strong choice, but it skirts the edge of silliness."
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V
March 26th, 2018

"Elliott’s production arrives with towering anticipation, and expectation, which it could probably never entirely fulfill. There are moments when it almost does...With the right actors, the writing sings and enlightens. The wrong ones get tangled up in it, rendering it flat and heavy. This production’s cast about half succeeds...Still, by the close of 'Perestroika,' the production’s problems were largely chased from my mind. Those final 20 or so minutes are just so astonishingly good."
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Vox
March 30th, 2018

"A rapturous success, but not in the way I thought it would be. Instead of something holy and untouchable, this rendition of 'Angels' feels more human...The most timeless feature of Elliott's interpretation is how it handles Kushner's howling sense of grief...Every character made me realize how honest and brutal Kushner can be on the feeling of abandonment...'Angels' provokes anger right out of your bones, and that anger charges it with urgency."
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