Be nice, R1 & R2.
Stupid people need to feel elevated, too.
OP might want to check out Long Day's Journey Into Night.
Just a thought.
If you think AIA is the best American play ever, then you are simple.... and have not seen nor read many American plays.
R2 was right, not even in the top 25. I can see you don't know much about literature.
The best American plays?
1. "The Glass Menagerie," "A Streetcar Named Desire," and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
2. "Long Day's Journey Into Night," "Moon for the Misbegotten," "The Iceman Cometh"
3. "A Raisin in the Sun"
5. "The River Niger" (woefully neglected)
6. "The House of Blue Leaves"
There are 10 listed here. "Angels?" Meh. Second tier. Didactic and heavy handed. Like the work of Arthur Miller, the play performs better than it reads.
I wouldn't reproach OP for thinking this. I don't agree with him, far from it. But it's not as if he's proposed a play without merit.
Only a dumbass flyover queen would say something like that.
You guys are indeed a pack of cunts. It's not like the OP said McNally's Deuce is the greatest American play ever written.
I also think that Long Day's Journey is ridiculously overrated.
Sorry but Angels is such an annoying compendium of pretentious, liberal, Upper West Side thinking that it is unwatchable drek.
Note how "successful" Kushner has subsequently been.
I----I-----I-----I am the best American angel evah!
r7. piano lesson and joe turner's come and gone belong on that list.
Long Days Journey Into Night, like Death Of A Salesman and Equus, is pretentious turgid bum-numbing boreworks. Apart from
a few terrific scenes in its first act, Angels In America is their equal: a snoozefest.
Nah, it's good, but too bloated and preachy.
You mean the guy who wrote Steven Spielberg's last movie, R11?
I think Angels is wildly overrated too, but to be fair...
"Like the work of Arthur Miller, the play performs better than it reads."
Which is what one wants in a play.
Ever heard of Romeo and Juliet, bitches?
Shakespeare was American?? Oh, dear.
You're all just our colonies, anyway!
Billy S, peeved
I agree. Best Play. I read the book(s) and watched the movie and I still think that the scene with Meryl Streep and Al Pacino as Rosenberg and Cohn is one of the best scenes I've seen anywhere.
[quote]Note how "successful" Kushner has subsequently been.
You mean his 2 Oscar moms, including this year for Lincoln?
So basically, r23, you're saying you haven't seen the play.
A play is meant to be performed in a theater before a live audience, so why don't you say it's the best book/screenplay and bow out of this thread until you know what you're talking about?
It's so fucking pretentious, something that becomes more evident with each year.
Compare to the timeless Streetcar Named Desire or Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?
OP, you have nothing to be criticized for in thinking Angels in America is the best American play ever written (although I'd object to your use of the word "simply" there is nothing simple about the contention of what is the best American play).
Here's some American plays that I love.
The Skin of Our Teeth
The Piano Lesson
Morning's at Seven
Long Day's Journey Into Night
Venus in Fur (I will get trashed for this, but to me it's perhaps the funniest and smartest comedy ever written by an American playwright)
A Raisin in the Sun
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (when done well, which it hardly ever is)
A Streetcar Named Desire
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
The Little Foxes
A Delicate Balance
The Children's Hour
Three Tall Women
Fifth of July
A Moon for the Misbegotten
Curse of the Starving Class
The Sunshine Boys
Joe Turner's Come and Gone
The Philadelphia Story
The Country Girl
Too preachy and teachy? America requires remedial education, desperately. I'll bet you when a Streetcar Named Desire appeared back in the fifties, 70% of theatergoers missed the gay plot.
Hell a majority of Americans probably haven't figured out the Village People were gay.
Streetcar opened in 1947. The explicit reference to the Grey boy being gay in the play was removed for the film. Also in the film, more tragically for art but less tragically for Stella, she does not go back to Stanley at the end.
I was thinking about Skin of our Teeth recently. The last Broadway production, in1974, only lasted 7 performances. Nothing since. I think it's been largely forgotten, or it could just be that it hasn't aged well.
I agree OP, it is the best American play ever written, and one of the best plays ever written.
[quote]Ever heard of Romeo and Juliet, bitches?
While it isn't Broadway, there was a production of Skin of our Teeth for Shakespeare in the Park in the summer of 1998, with John Goodman, Kristen Johnson, Frances Conroy and Lola Pashalinski.
It was just "OK"...
"It's so fucking pretentious, something that becomes more evident with each year."
That doesn't even make sense as a rhetorical flourish.