Simply the best American play ever written.
Angels in America
|by Anonymous||reply 37||06/27/2013|
Not even in the top 25.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||06/19/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 2||06/19/2013|
Be nice, R1 & R2.
Stupid people need to feel elevated, too.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||06/19/2013|
OP might want to check out Long Day's Journey Into Night.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||06/19/2013|
If you think AIA is the best American play ever, then you are simple.... and have not seen nor read many American plays.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||06/19/2013|
R2 was right, not even in the top 25. I can see you don't know much about literature.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||06/19/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||06/19/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||06/19/2013|
Only a dumbass flyover queen would say something like that.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||06/19/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||06/19/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||06/19/2013|
I----I-----I-----I am the best American angel evah!
|by Anonymous||reply 12||06/19/2013|
r7. piano lesson and joe turner's come and gone belong on that list.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||06/19/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 14||06/19/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||06/19/2013|
Nah, it's good, but too bloated and preachy.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||06/19/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 17||06/19/2013|
You mean the guy who wrote Steven Spielberg's last movie, R11?
I think Angels is wildly overrated too, but to be fair...
|by Anonymous||reply 18||06/19/2013|
"Like the work of Arthur Miller, the play performs better than it reads."
Which is what one wants in a play.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||06/19/2013|
Ever heard of Romeo and Juliet, bitches?
|by Anonymous||reply 20||06/19/2013|
Shakespeare was American?? Oh, dear.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||06/19/2013|
You're all just our colonies, anyway!
|by Anonymous||reply 22||06/19/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||06/19/2013|
[quote]Note how "successful" Kushner has subsequently been.
You mean his 2 Oscar moms, including this year for Lincoln?
|by Anonymous||reply 24||06/19/2013|
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?
|by Anonymous||reply 25||06/19/2013|
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?
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|by Anonymous||reply 27||06/19/2013|
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
|by Anonymous||reply 28||06/19/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||06/19/2013|
Hell a majority of Americans probably haven't figured out the Village People were gay.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||06/19/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||06/19/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||06/19/2013|
I agree OP, it is the best American play ever written, and one of the best plays ever written.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||06/19/2013|
[quote]Ever heard of Romeo and Juliet, bitches?
|by Anonymous||reply 34||06/19/2013|
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"...
|by Anonymous||reply 35||06/19/2013|
"It's so fucking pretentious, something that becomes more evident with each year."
That doesn't even make sense as a rhetorical flourish.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||06/19/2013|
I like your list r28.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||06/27/2013|