Monday 18 June 2007

22. Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches

Yes, I'm reading a surprising amount of contemporary drama these days. I have my reasons, although the main reason is quickly becoming my growing awareness of how woefully under read I am in this area.

(No, I'm not done Life Is Elsewhere yet. I just got distracted today after buying many many drama books at BMV.)

Angels in America is, I have to say, the best contemporary play I've read - by a long shot. The dialogue is just so perfect. I really felt tremendously happy reading this, even though it's terribly sad: it's about AIDS and homosexuality in the US during the Reagan era. I'm really looking forward to Part Two!

I bet it would take about 6 or 7 hours to stage both parts together though - Millennium Approaches is 119 pages long, and the next part is longer.

I can't say where I first heard of Tony Kushner; I think Angels in America is just part of the cultural consciousness now.

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