Tony Kushner: Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes (3929 words)


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Kushner started to write Angels in America, his best-known play, in the late 1980s, a few years after the period in which it is set. It took him five years to complete. The two parts of this seven-hour drama are usually played on separate evenings, although sometimes in matinée and evening performances on the same day. Part One is entitled “Millennium Approaches”, Part Two “Perestroika”. The full two-part play was first staged in 1992 at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, under the direction of Oskar Eustis and Tony Taccone. Then, in November 1993, it took London by storm in Declan Donellan’s acclaimed production at the National Theatre of Great Britain. John Heilpern, in the New York Observer, describes …

Citation: Brookes, Les. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 June 2008 [, accessed 03 August 2020.]

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