Angels in America (Broadway)
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Angels in America (Broadway)

Angels in America (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(850 Reviews)
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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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962 Reviews | 339 Followers
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.

739 Reviews | 208 Followers
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.

699 Reviews | 214 Followers
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.

713 Reviews | 121 Followers
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.

677 Reviews | 187 Followers
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. Read more

670 Reviews | 149 Followers
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 Read more

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
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

567 Reviews | 147 Followers
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.

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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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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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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