Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes is not one play but two. Millennium Approaches and Perestroika were the closing statements of last century – an epic double-comedy of love and hate, heaven and earth, past and future.
Now, a generation after Tony Kushner’s masterpiece first appeared, a black President who supports gay marriage recently defeated a Mormon Republican for the White House, and Angels in America is the perfect guide to the essential questions of our times. Exactly what are the forces that drive the manic history of this new millennium? What does it mean to live in a free society? What might it mean to live in a good society?
Part One could be one of those great New York Jewish jokes. It is 1985, Prior Walter is HIV positive, his Jewish boyfriend leaves him for a straight Mormon, and then he gets a hospital visit from an angel who says it is up to him to save humanity. And that is just Part One. Read about Part Two: Perestroika here.
In August 2014, this production won the Helpmann Award for Best Play and Best Supporting Actress in a Play (Robyn Nevin).
Angels in America is presented by arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, on behalf of Josef Weinberger Ltd of London.
Angels in America was commissioned by and received its premiere at the Eureka Theatre, San Francisco, in May 1991. Also produced by Centre Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum of Los Angeles (Gordon Davidson, Artistic Director/Producer). Produced in New York at the Walter Kerr Theatre by Jujamcyn Theatres, Mark Taper Forum with Margo Lion, Susan Quint Gallin, Jon B. Platt, The Baruch-Frankel-Viertel Group and Frederick Zollo in association with Herb Alpert.
By Tony Kushner
Director Eamon Flack
Set Designer Michael Hankin
Costume Designer Mel Page
Lighting Designer Niklas Pajanti
Associate Lighting Designer Ross Graham
Composer Alan John
Sound Designer Steve Francis
Assistant Director Shelly Lauman
Fight Director Scott Witt
American Dialect Coach Paige Walker-Carlton
Stage Manager Mel Dyer
Assistant Stage Manager Roxzan Bowes
Special thanks to: Reuze Vintage
It is hard to recommend this production more highly, especially to those who have never experienced Angels with its wings fully extended.Jason Blake | The Sydney Morning Herald
This production beautifully evokes all the comic sadness of humanity, but also, in a series of splendidly theatrical flourishes, all the magic that we dream of and the optimism for the future of our people and our planet that, maybe after 20 years, we still cling to.John McCallum | The Australian
There is so much to savour and to love about this production…Diana Simmonds | Stage Noise
…a rare, wonderful theatre experience.Dee Jefferson | Time Out
Belvoir’s Angels is delicious, decadent and absolutely unmissable.Benjamin Neutze | Aussie Theatre
If you only see one play this year, make it two. Angels in America…takes you past familiar experience and leaves you poised for something new and unforgettable.Rima Sabina Aouf | Concrete Playground