Previews start Feb 22

Angels in America (Broadway)

Members say: Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Profound
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Critics
83
10 reviews
Members
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6 reviews
 

National Theatre's acclaimed revival of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork returns 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 earlier this year in a sold-out run at the National Theatre in London.

 

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Reviews (16)

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83
Avg Score

75
The New York Times

for a previous production “A rich, imperfect production of a rich, imperfect play...On the vast stage here, performers can appear lost in space in ways that surely go beyond the creative team’s intentions, as emotional focus slides to the periphery. Such blurriness can partly be ascribed to an imbalance within the cast. Garfield…is splendid…McArdle…seems to be impersonating, instead of inhabiting…Even if the cast members aren’t quite on the same...field, they all guarantee that Kushner’s words register and echo.” Full Review

80
Variety

for a previous production “Better on angels than it is on America…A startling, near-unstageable play has settled into a showcase, but, with rich spectacle and a stellar cast...it makes for blockbuster theater…For two whole hours, the production feels horribly dated, like a cheap Off Broadway version that can’t afford scope or specificity…And yet, the choice comes good. It ties the whole skittering, scattershot play together, and instills a sense of direction and purpose…Garfield is outstanding as Prior.” Full Review

75
The Guardian (UK)

for a previous production “Do these two plays justify their formidable eight-hour length? The answer is a qualified yes...Elliott stages the idea of angelic intervention ingeniously...The writing gets woollier the further Kushner strays from the recognizable and the earth-bound…There are passages of wonderful writing in both plays…There are also times…when you feel…that too much imagination is dangerous and can blow up…Some memorable images…Some astonishing performances from a very good cast.” Full Review

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Financial Times (UK)

for a previous production “An astonishing piece of theatre, madly inventive, maddeningly long, and driven by deep compassion...A searingly well-acted production…The portrait of a fractured America feels no less resonant today...Not everything takes wing and the play is weighed down in several places by its sheer density and determined verbosity. But, in Elliott’s impressively fluent production, the performances soar…A tremendous delivery of a flawed but ambitious and deeply humane play.” Full Review

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The Stage (UK)

for a previous production “They are dense, but also baggy and they frequently feel infatuated with the sound of their own words…But they also play with form in liberating ways…While Andrew Garfield slightly over-amplifies Prior's feyness...McArdle perfectly catches the conflicts of helplessness and raw guilt that inform Louis…There are also hugely striking supporting performances…Elliott orchestrates it all magisterially…What is most fascinating, though, is to see now how mainstream the play now feels.” Full Review

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Los Angeles Times

for a previous production “It’s Kushner’s prodigious political thinking that makes the experience feel so startlingly fresh…It’s ultimately the quality of the acting that energizes this 7 1/2-hour marathon…This sprawling, two-part epic isn’t perfect...When Kushner reaches for eloquence in the final scenes, he can come up short…Even so, ‘Angels in America’ is still the most intelligent, provocative, and affecting drama of my lifetime, and this production overflows with its brilliant daring.” Full Review

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The Telegraph (UK)

for a previous production “Intellectually dazzling, quirky, often downright bizarre…The show’s a start-to-finish sensation, but if I have a reservation about a production that’s box-office dynamite, it’s that there’s not quite enough TNT in the visuals…The performances and the plays themselves, however, absolutely fly…The cast do forensic justice to the atomized personalities and personal crises from which Kushner’s absurdly ambitious state-of-the-nation ‘gay fantasia’ is exquisitely constructed.” Full Review

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The London Evening Standard

for a previous production “A true theatrical epic. Yet for all its bursts of surrealism and outrageous grandeur, it’s illuminated by moments of tender intimacy...Kushner’s writing dazzles...At times overblown and...clever, its sheer imaginative reach can be exhilarating and it’s studded with devilish humor…Elliott orchestrates proceedings with immense rigor…True, there are times when the production's intensity drops off. But this is a courageous revival, underpinned by piercingly authentic performances.” Full Review

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What's On Stage (UK)

for a previous production “Not every chapter, every word, or every imaginative leap works perfectly – but the scope and vision are enough to make you gasp and cheer…Elliott's blistering production…is like a vigorously entertaining history lesson. Brilliantly performed…Consistently and savagely funny…Kushner's achievement is to make his characters so compelling that the massive themes he pins around them sit comfortably alongside the unfolding of their stories…The entire cast are just superb." Full Review

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Chicago Tribune

for a previous production “This feels like the perfect political moment for a revival…Kushner brilliantly balances trauma with humor, devastation with dazzle. This is a whirling, freewheeling, exuberantly and unashamedly theatrical work, crazy and beautiful, sensual and verbose. Elliott's staging...rises inventively to its flamboyant challenges…The acting, across the formidable company, is stunning…Nearly eight sprawling hours of rich, provocative, thrilling theater. It's gloriously imperfect — and it's transporting." Full Review

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Avg Score

95
For a previous production
Ambitious, Epic, Exquisite

See it if you're curious about this masterwork

Don't see it if long plays aren't your thing.

90
For a previous production
Makes more sense now

See it if you've done your wikipedia research on Roy Cohn, Ethel Rosenberg. I also saw the Bway orig but appreciated it more now knowing more history.

Don't see it if you're homophobic.

83
For a previous production
Absorbing, Profound, Resonant, Great writing, Essential

See it if you've only ever read the play or seen the movie. It's lovely seeing it on stage, as intended. There are some fantastic performances here.

Don't see it if you have really fond memories of the original Broadway or London productions. I loved half of this cast but didn't care for the other half.

Also Full disclosure, I saw this in London (Millennium Approaches only; I p... Read more Read less

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For a previous production
Absorbing, Clever, Must see, Profound, Great staging

See it if you enjoy Kushner and writing about AIDS Crisis and can stand 7.5 hours of political theater

Don't see it if you cant afford it. hopefully Bway pricing wont be too insane.

90
For a previous production
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a still relevant play, done in the epic proportions in which it was meant to be, enjoy inventive staging, and great acting

Don't see it if You can't handle nearly 8 hours at the theater.

90
For a previous production
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Exquisite, Still relevant

See it if If you love the text and have waited 20 years for it to return. Saw this same cast in London. So many moments of revelation.

Don't see it if The first cast to do this show 20 years ago was so brilliant. Several of the key performances in this miss the mark that had been set.