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Angels in AmericaA Gay Fantasia on National Themes [EPUB] ✰ Angels in AmericaA Gay Fantasia on National Themes Author Tony Kushner – In two full length plays Millennium Approaches and Perestroika Kushner tells the story of a handful of people trying to make sense of the world Prior is a man living with AIDS whose lover Louis has le In two full length plays Millennium AmericaA Gay PDF Æ Approaches and Perestroika Kushner tells the story of a handful of people trying to make sense of the Angels in eBook ☆ world Prior is a man living with AIDS whose lover Louis has left him and become involved with Joe an ex Mormon and political conservative in AmericaA Gay Kindle Ï whose wife Harper is slowly having a nervous breakdown These stories are contrasted with that of Roy Cohn a fictional re creation of the infamous in AmericaA Gay Fantasia on MOBI :↠ American conservative ideologue who died of AIDS in and his attempts to remain in the closet while trying to find some sort of personal salvation in his beliefs.

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  1. Brett Brett says:

    Night flight to San Francisco; chase the moon across America God it’s been years since I was on a plane When we hit 35000 feet we’ll have reached the tropopause the great belt of calm air as close as I’ll ever get to the ozone I dreamed we were there The plane leapt the tropopause the safe air and attained the outer rim the ozone which was ragged and torn patches of it threadbare as old cheesecloth and that was frightening But I saw something that only I could see because of my astonishing ability to see such things Souls were rising from the earth far below souls of the dead of people who had perished from famine from war from the plague and they floated up like skydivers in reverse limbs all akimbo wheeling and spinning And the souls of these departed joined hands clasped ankles and formed a web a great net of souls and the souls were three atom oxygen molecules of the stuff of ozone and the outer rim absorbed them and was repaired Nothing’s lost forever In this world there’s a kind of painful progress Longing for what we’ve left behind and dreaming ahead At least I think that’s so wow

  2. Josh Josh says:

    Reading these plays aloud in a high school class created than a few awkward moments

  3. Barry Pierce Barry Pierce says:

    Genuinely a bit taken aback by hownot well Angels in America works as a text It's really a work that has to be seen and endured Millennium Approaches still uite clearly the stronger of the plays Perestroika still too meandering and arduous but nonetheless a good counterbalanceI'd love to do a production of Angels where every heavy handed symbol is announced by a klaxon and a flashing blue beacon like that one from The Bill Then at the Oliviers I'd stealthily but gracefully vomit my guts onto Jez Butterworth Jonathan Pryce would watch on in complete adulation

  4. Rebecca McNutt Rebecca McNutt says:

    I've never seen this play performed in person but reading it in print was still a powerful experience The AIDS crisis of the 1980's hit when my parents were teenagers so I don't really remember it but I think Angels in America really captures it in a way that can be universal to anyone It is hard in a world with such differing polarized views on politics religion sexuality and gender to create a story that can have something for everyone and address it all at once Angels in America does it very wellSometimes uite humorous but ultimately tragic and deeply thought provoking I think this is definitely one of the best contemporary plays I've ever read although personally I imagine it would be much impressive to actually see performed live on stage It's one of those books that just needs to have a visual accompaniment

  5. Sketchbook Sketchbook says:

    Kushner's overheated and vastly overrated opus sent me scurrying for my Yma Sumac CD The Voice of the Xtaby When I want a guest to leave my apartment I put it on with the admonition You must hear her 5 octave pipes and shortly I am happily alone You too can hear Yma on YT She trills from high soprano to basso The music suggests tweeting birds or a volcanic eruption Kushner I read thought his play might be a musical initially and it would have needed Yma It still does Its success is a prime example of how a few mediocre dramer critics infected w toxic fairy dust or nerve gas can stampede the public into casting off sane reflection and start belching cheerless huzzahs Kushner's monumental achievement mixes gays and Jews and Mormons huhh? in a series of blackout sketches performed by usually two characters I dont think he can write for 3 actors onstage The AIDS crise turned him into a Writer as it did others so attention must be paid as Arthur Miller rumbled Since Kushner has nothing to say he deals solely with emotions mostly agitation and anger A young man dying of AIDS is abandoned by his lover who becomes involved with a closeted gay Mormon who in turn has a shrill pill addicted wife The monstrous lawyer Roy Cohn also dying gets a ghostly visit from the pathetic Ethel Rosenberg; amid the hysteria and juvenile raillery an angel descends and where's Yma Sumac?Like Brecht Kushner does not write characters He writes symbols Evil Affectation Death The Oppressed His jabber goes on endlessly Our suffering teaches us solidarity; or it should he allows Because Kushner has written a second rate playabout being gay and about AIDS no one is going to call it the overwrought coarse posturing formulaic mess that it is explains a writer in the New Republic Meantime essayist Andrew Sullivan who loathed the play dismissed it as political agitprop adding Gay life and gay death surely awaits something grander and subtler than thisI saw an early preview c 1991 and the ranting and raging onstage put me to sleep though I awoke when Roy Cohn Evil was dying in pain which made members of the audience feel Good I tried to see the Mike Nichols movie and again I got the snores especially when Meryl Streep appeared as a rabbi or was that a bad dream? It took me a few days to finish a play read w long naps The frenzy and yelping agony of passion in Kushner's revue sent me to Yma Sumac the Peruvian songbird Skip this theatrical salacacabia and give yourself up to Yma

  6. Nathan Nathan says:

    I don't know if this play had its intended effects on me; because I was born in the 90s HIVAIDS has always been a reality permanently etched in the back of my mind Because my political views lean heavily to the left I find the recent trend of Reagan worshipping revolting Because I live in the epicenter of Mormondom I can poke holes in the Mormons are the new Jews motif that Kushner loves exploring so much The sudden shifts Kushner is trying to articulate and rationalize have been a part of my life since birth so there's really no way I can get into the right mindset when reading his work But if literature was defined solely by its ability to achieve its desired outcome it would be infinitely duller While the political nightmare described in Angels in America is still all too real the human reality is what aches through the entire play Kushner writes of a world apathetic to its outsiders dying alone He writes of feeling alienated defeated and abused in ways that will always be relevant Early on Prior replies to Harper's fears of Joe's infidelity that I would say 'fuck the truth' but usually the truth fucks you which carried my mind through the entire play This is a story of people trying to igonre the fact that their ideals are shattered only to be ruined because of it This would have probably gotten a fifth star from meeven with that awful ending if I hadn't read Kushner's Notes About Political Theater at the same time an essay which made me aware of the play's shortcomings Kushner writes that his goal in being a playwright is to make people aware that we are less able to see the political in life as in art much energy is devoted toward blurring the political meaning of events or even that events have political meaning which I have trouble finding in Angels Before reading the essay I saw the play as a small step in the right direction; it's much difficult to get the average person wanting to dismantle heterosexist standards if they can see the good in the people those standards knock down And Kushner's play makes itself remarkable for refusing to make people with HIVAIDS disgusting or dirty And yet he refuses to go any further than that The nuclear family is constantly affirmed Even though it exists in Belize and Louis no form of intersectional ueer identity is never explored to its full potential And Roy's death upholds a positivist attitude that bad people are the only ones swallowed up by illness and pain It's disappointing Had Kushner turned up the heat it would have been a much worthwhile exploration

  7. ALLEN ALLEN says:

    This review is of the two plays by Tony Kushner housed under the title ANGELS IN AMERICA A GAY FANTASIA ON NATIONAL THEMES Millennium Approaches and Perestrokia which can be produced and mounted individually or together for one rather long seven hour afternoon and evening in the theater Although the two plays were workshopped in 1990 and played jointly on Broadway and the West End in 1992 and 1993 they are really about the Eighties Set in 1985 and 1986 with an Epilog in 1990 they're about a people who were credulous enough to believe that the old ways would hold if they just stayed the course The first play Millennium Approaches has largely to do with a gay man who falls in love with a closeted conservative Republican Mormon who abandons his wife This causes no small amount of confusion in gay analytical Louis through most of both plays It's just that you know belonging to a political party that's one half religious zealot control freak theocrats and one half ego anarchist libertarian cowboys shrilling for 'freedom' you've had a lot of practice straddling cognitive dissonance? Or or what? from Perestroika Act 3 p 195 On the whole ANGELS is a freewheeling and often surreal theater piece that gives a role to the late Ethel Rosenberg who had been executed on federal charges of espionage 32 years earlier A major role belongs to the imperious grey winged Angel played gloriously in the HBO adaptation by Emma Thompson whom the lead gay character with AIDS Prior must straddle to get her attention The body is the garden of the soul A major character in both plays play is the real life Roy Cohn a professional political opportunist who furthered the climate of Witch Hunting persecuting not only political dissidents but inducing a Lavender Scare among gay men during the Joseph McCarthy years of the 1950's He too is homosexual but will not allow the word anywhere near him even as he prepares to die of AIDS liver cancer From the play Roy Cohn diagnosed with AIDS threatens his doctor No say it I mean it Say 'Roy Cohn you are a homosexual' And I will proceed systematically to destroy your reputation and your practice and your career in New York State Henry Which you know I can do To someone who doesn't understand this homosexual is what I am because I sleep with men but this is wrong Homosexuals are not men who sleep with other men Homosexuals are men who in 15 years of trying can't get a pissant anti discrimination bill through City Council They are men who know nobody and who nobody knows Now Henry does that sound like me? from Millennium Approaches Scene 9 p 195Reviewer's Note The real Roy Cohn once treated a reporter to a limousine ride interview while simultaneously cooling his anal warts contracted just as you think they were with an air conditioner vent Not for nothing did playwright Kushner call the Eighties the Fifties in drag Tony Kushner has given us two plays that are probably among the best and certainly among the most powerful of late Twentieth Century American theater If you like plays and how they are written this volume belongs in your home Also well worth having is HBO's 2005 miniseries adaptation with top notch actors like Meryl Streep playing Ethel Rosenberg and Al Pacino as Roy Cohn which I have reviewed at from the play You may be dumber than shit but I refuse to believe you can't figure it out Try

  8. Emma Getz Emma Getz says:

    This disease will be the end of many of us but not nearly all and the dead will be commemorated and will struggle on with the living and we are not going away We won't die secret deaths any The world only spins forward We will be citizens The time has come Angels in America is my favorite and absolutely the most beautiful play I have ever read for many many reasons First and foremost it is a real look at a historical era and crisis so often erased in popular media The inclusion of real historical figures like Roy Cohn and Ethel Rosenberg only grounded this even At the same time the play exists in the realm of magical realism for lack of a better term It pushes the boundaries between real and fantasy but grounds it in religion truth and life Each character is incredibly complex and dynamic so there are no antagonists in this story apart from the nature of the Reagan era and AIDS itself The dialogue is clever and humorous while being incredibly raw and heartfelt It is heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time The scenes are ingeniously and masterfully crafted and staged Overall it is a masterpiece of both theatre and literature If I were to choose a play that EVERYONE should read it would be this one

  9. David David says:

    Everyone's life in this play isbecomes affected by AIDS The time is 1985 It is a scary time with AZT brand new As Prior Walter's fever culminates his talks with Angels and some others from the next world intensify The effect of AIDS does not care how strong a character may be in their earthly life This play displays a variety of different personalities and how they handle AIDS as it crosses their path A fast moving play with short scenes Even in these short scenes there may be two seuences and dialogues going on simultaneously hospital room; at home There are some connections between characters revealed early More interesting connections develop as the play goes onI am sure I would like this as a Live performance The stage directions are written into the play overlapping dialogues sound ueues pauses etc There were consistent small monologues multiple sentences by characters that would not be done so much in normal conversations These messages were important and were part of the personality of this playAt no point did I know how the play would end until it ended While not a 'surprise' ending it is still one you must wait for That is a sign of a story that keeps you paying attention and wanting to read or watch even Angel He wants to livePrior Yes I'm thirty years old for God sake soft rumble I haven't done anything yet I I want to be healthy again And this plague it should stop In me and everywhere Make it go awayAngel Oh We have tried We suffer with You but We do not know We Do not know howSolid 45 but I don't feel the need to buy this book so I round downGreat ending uote in the epilogueWe won't die secret deaths any The World only spins forwardWe will be Citizens The time has come

  10. Jamie Jamie says:

    I begin this review with a uote Things fall apart the center cannot hold A colleague pointed out the resonances of Yeats' poem 'The Second Coming' in Kushner's 'Angels' and I had to agree with his fantastic observation This is a drama set in Reaganite America that images a world seemingly coming to an implosive and horrifying end God has literally abandoned us evidently during the great San Francisco earthuake and the national and historical crises alluded to the onset of the AIDS epidemic being the most present but also the fall of the Soviet Union the infection of Reagan era individualism the legacy of the Cold War the Rosenberg trial profoundly intersect with the personal crises that provide the play's sometimes overwhelming sense of traumaRoy Prior are each wrecked by AIDS; Harper is a pill popping agoraphobe; there are closets galore; there are pervasive narratives of abandonment emblematized in the one committed by God and of comings home; of religious doubt the terror of change with its corollary the terror of stasis There's also as evidenced by figures like Harper Joe Louis and Prior the terror of being with and being isolated from other people Roy Cohn is both a historical figure and a kind of literary master narrative as my professor remarked Roy reads almost as analogous to Milton's Satan He's the most despicable character ostensibly the villain of the play but ultimately also becomes an intensely compelling one to follow With all of this said I simply have to remark that this is first and foremost an absolutely magnificent work of literature It's beautifully written refreshingly literary without being as pretentious as I've been in this review often laugh out loud hilarious and emotionally affecting in a way I haven't experienced with a fictional work in a long time Read it Seriously READ IT For your betterment as a human being give the play a shot It's just radiant

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