Angels in America – Part One: The Millennium Approaches and Part Two: Perestroika
Director: Marianne Elliott
Writer: Tony Kushner
Cast: James McArdle, Andrew Garfield, Russell Tovey, Denise Gough, Susan Brown, Nathan Lane, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett
Seen on: 20. and 27.7.2017
It’s the 80s and the AIDS crisis is in full swing. Louis Ironson (James McArdle) just found out that his boyfriend Prior Walter (Andrew Garfield) is infected and he doesn’t know how to deal. Joe Pitt (Russell Tovey) also isn’t able to deal: as a Mormon and a Republican and married to Harper (Denise Gough), he can’t possibly be gay, can he? Joe and Louis both work for Roy Cohn (Nathan Lane), a lawyer who may enjoy fucking other man, but that doesn’t make him gay. But Roy’s health is also on the decline.
Angels in America is an affective and effective play, and this production feels monumental. It weighs heavily – as is only right for the topic matter.
Christopher (Luke Treadaway) finds his neighbor’s dog dead on the lawn, a pitchfork being the rather obvious reason of death. He decides to investigate the murder and find the killer. But that’s easier said than done, especially since Christopher lies on the autistic spectrum. But where there is a will, there is a way, even if that way leads further into his own family’s past than he anticipated.
I’ve heard only good things about this play (in fact, we were thinking of seeing it when we were in London, only that it was booked to the brim for the next couple of months or so) and I’m glad to say that I wasn’t disappointed at all. It’s a wonderful play with a wonderful design and wonderful direction. I loved every second of it.
In a drunken act of stupidity, Albert’s (Sion Daniel Young) father (Steve North) buys a horse. Unfortunately they can’t actually afford it. But Albert begs until his mother (Josie Walker) allows him to keep Joey and together they find a way. That is, until war breaks out and Joey is bought by Captain Nicholls (Alex Avery) and shipped off to war. Will Joey and Albert ever find each other again?
After the movie version I was sceptic about the play. But I wanted to see it anyways because of the puppets. Thankfully, the play has more going for it than the film, even if it did have its lengths.