Already closed | 3h 30m | Midtown W

Angels in America (Broadway)

From 845 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

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.

3h 30m | Already closed | Neil Simon Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (845)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Ambitious
91
Avg Score

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.

95
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.

96
Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Relevant

See it if Bravura revival of (now proven) timeless masterwork Stunning work from ensemble but Garfield is the revelation Stylish, effective direction

Don't see it if Kushner's drama still proves a bit "chewy" (esp Perestroika) yet stunning in its resonance A moral compass for its time & ours as well

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

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

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

95
Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Profound

See it if You want a riveting play about life, the universe & everything that's important w/out being pretentious: serious drama w/well-placed laughs.

Don't see it if Unless you don't want to invest the time in a 2 part, 8 hour play, there's no reason to miss this.

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Epic, Dizzying

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.

87
Thought-provoking, Intense, Remarkable effects, Intelligent, Confusing

See it if you have never seen it before. The excellent performances and creative staging enhances understanding of the themes.

Don't see it if the two performances which are over 8 hours seems like too much of a commitment to a complicated and disturbing artwork.

91
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Great staging, Epic

See it if you want a realistic review of the topic with standout performances by most of the cast. Loaded with message, humor and dazzling display.

Don't see it if you are unprepared for a deep and long look at the characters, do not like many changing scenes, do not appreciate dreams and hallucination.

91
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intense, Epic

See it if All the actors were incredible. I was amazed by Andrew Garfield's performance. Exciting staging. Surprises!

Don't see it if long- the two parts equal 7 1/2 hours. It kept my interest throughout which is impressive given that length!

Also Educational for those who did not live through this time. The play its... Read more Read less

89
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Epic, Masterful

See it if True commitment of all actors involved set against the breadth of storied headlines that changed us all. Internal epiphany. External crusade

Don't see it if Long evenings divided into two plays. Original angel better. Some grandstand acting and writing in places. If choosing, part one is better.

90
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Epic

See it if Wonderful talented cast (no weak link in cast). Nathan Lane is again doing such great work. So many poignant parts especially w male nurse.

Don't see it if Each part could easily lose 30 minutes, especially the monologues that start each part. Parts with angel are rambling and boring.

98
Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Stellar, Resonant

See it if Andrew Garfield seamlessly transforms into Prior Walter, and Nathan Lane is Roy Cohn. Supporting cast recreates the era to a “T”. A MUST!!

Don't see it if You have no interest in a 7 1-2 hr marathon about the AIDS crisis & effect on every life it touched, & its continuing turmoil.

Also This play is a commitment, an emotional look into the joys and sorrows... Read more Read less

95
Epic, Great acting, Great writing, Great direction, All encompassing

See it if A beauty of a play that remains relevant after all these years. The ensemble couldn't be better & Garfield is sensational - who knew?

Don't see it if The play is certainly a time commitment but so worthwhile and absorbing. The only reason not to see it is if you dislike gay themed stories

95
Masterful, Magnificent direction/acting, Profound, Unforgettable

See it if You want to see a masterpiece work in a stunning new production. Potent performances, beautiful lighting, creative set, all add up to magic

Don't see it if Have NO idea what story is about & aren't prepared to listen intently. Gay themes, AIDS, Mormonism, politics, metaphysics, angels all here.

Also I saw both Part 1 and Part 2 of the ORIGINAL production and remember n... Read more Read less

95
Enchanting, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Entertaining

See it if gorgeous and brilliant plays. An incredible cast telling a heartrendingly beautiful story. The stage is well used for an intimate story.

Don't see it if You don't like looooong slow stories, characters with a lot of nuance, and characters that tend to scream vs speak. Regardless worth it.

90
Epic writing, Still topical, Spectacular stagecraft, Some characters not fully vested, Thought-provoking

See it if you've never seen it, want 2 be shown what epic storytelling is, able 2 empathize with characters plights, need reminder what being human is

Don't see it if think 7+ hours of rapt attention is 2 much, find exploration of human motivation uninformative, find left leaning drama & humor frightening

98
Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you are a fan of brilliant writing, creative directing, exciting staging, & impeccable acting.This play matters, more than ever.Please go

Don't see it if you want something light or a fun musical.This play makes you think and feel. It changes how you look at things.Set alone is worth the trip

91
Profound, Intelligent, Resonant, Epic, Entertaining

See it if you're into the subjects (incl. moral/political perspectives of a cross-section of gay men in tumultuous times), not just the celebs

Don't see it if you’ve seen it already; want to be moved to tears; dislike plays w/ philosophical & social theories or effeminate gay men as major roles

Also See it over 2 days. For a fluffier play I’d think otherwise, but unles... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if As relevant today as it was 30 years ago. The performances were magnificent. Garfield was a revelation.

Don't see it if If you are offended by gay culture and gay lives, you might not like it. If so, I’m sad for you.

79
This never engaged me nor touched me emotionally

See it if You want to see what won so many Tonys. I saw the NTLive version of this and it left me cold. The live performance was much better.

Don't see it if You dont like overacting. You dont want a dark stage with boring set design.

Also I am rarely tepid about entertainment. Am I glad I saw this? I guess s... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Exquisite, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy GREAT drama peppered with some light comedy

Don't see it if homosexual scenes offend you

95
Brilliant, Epic, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want a show that appeals to both the heart & the mind and also has moments of great humor. The writing, acting & staging are impeccable

Don't see it if you are not willing to spend 7 3/4 hrs at the theater. It really is time well spent.

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

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.

95
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Exquisite, Masterful

See it if If you have one show to see ..this is it! Great revival , fabulous.

Don't see it if Do not see if you are not interested in dramas with gay themes.


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...Th...
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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...
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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 movin...
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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 e...
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