Angels in America

The Kalita Humphreys Theater, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

Uptown Players

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In Part 1 of Tony Kushner’s epic drama, we meet Louis and Prior, and Harper and Joe: two couples whose relationships are on the rocks. The former because of Prior’s AIDS diagnosis and Louis’s inability to cope with illness; the latter because of Joe’s closeted homosexuality and Harper’s incessant fears, hallucinations,and addiction to pain-killers. As we follow their trials, we come across other colorful characters, including Roy Cohn, a malevolent, secretly gay Republican lawyer; Belize, Prior’s ex-lover and a former drag queen; Hannah, Joe’s straight-laced, no-nonsense Mormon mother from Salt Lake, and The Angel, a divine emanation who appears to Prior as a messenger of God. Kushner touches political and intellectual themes while generating a vital, living, breathing story, and populating it with characters whom we come to both love and abhor.
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