I always thought that I knew what a great play was until I had the privilege to see Angels in America, the National Theatre production this summer in New York. In this past 15 years of my life, going to see play after play, in different theaters all over the world, I’ve been lucky to see great productions, but every time someone asked me what was my favorite play, I never really knew which one to pick. They were all good, specially in Broadway, where is very hard to find a bad play or musical.
But then everything changed, and I know it sounds cheesy, but it’s true. I went to see Angels in America, by Tony Kushner after hearing by a lot of people that it was amazing. I wasn’t sure at first because it was a two parts play, that lasted almost eight hours in total. So yes, it sounded like a very intense experience. But I decided I needed to see this because it’s something that I still find very rare in theatre and I’ve never seen a play that last longer than three hours so I was very curious about this one.
I didn’t know what to expect, but as soon as it started I loved it. The story, the set design, the actors and their performances. Everything was just so brilliant and perfect thought out, i was just impressed. I finally knew what differentiates a good play from a great and perfect one. I first saw Part One: Millennium Approaches and then came back, after almost three weeks, to see Part Two: Perestroika, on their last performance in Broadway.
I was so obsessed with the play, that I started watching the TV Series in HBO, directed by Mike Nichols because I couldn’t get enough of this beautiful story. Now I finally get what a brilliant and well written play can do and I have to admit that after watching this play, I kinda fell in love again with theatre and the beauty of it. I feel so lucky I could witness something that good and that meant so much for so many people.
Brilliant, heartwhelming and mesmerizing, Angels in America is the best play I’ve ever seen.
A little bit about the play and the playwright:
The play, that was written in 1982, shows America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.
Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre in London, Marianne Elliott’s production of Tony Kushner’s masterpiece transfered to The Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway in 2018, where the show earned three Tony Awards.
The cast included Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Susan Brown, Denise Gough, Amanda Lawrence, James McArdle and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett.
Tony Kushner multi-award-winning two-part play was directed by Olivier and Tony award-winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). Part One: Millennium Approaches was first performed at the National Theatre in 1992 and was followed by Part Two: Perestroika the next year.