Thursday, May 3, 2018

Book Review: Angels in America

TITLE: Angels in America
AUTHOR: Tony Kushner
GENRE: Contemporary/magical realism
PREMISE: In 1980s America, characters dealing with AIDS and various other personal dramas try to figure out things.
MY REVIEW: So the Tonys are upon us again. Which means me reading some of the revival plays. This particular play has gotten all sorts of nominations this year. After reading it, I absolutely understand why.
It's a very odd play, with lots of things going on and topics being discussed. If you liked Rent, this might be of interest to you. It deals with the same sort of ideas of mortality and how that effects people and AIDS and its influence in the 80s. I personally, really liked it. Its got a sense of humor that really speaks to me (Prior is everything). However, the odd way this play is told...I have a feeling it's one of those things that will be an acquired taste. You either will really like it...or you won't.
For those curious about the other plays that are on Broadway that I'll hopefully be reading soon: Three Tall Women by Edward Albee (I'm going to try and read Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? first though), The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O'Neill, and Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw.
WHO SHOULD READ: Fans of Rent, Theater nerds
MY RATING: Four out of Five interesting stories

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