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Angels in America

Simply the best American play ever written.

by Anonymousreply 3706/26/2013

Not even in the top 25.

by Anonymousreply 106/18/2013


by Anonymousreply 206/18/2013

Be nice, R1 & R2.

Stupid people need to feel elevated, too.

by Anonymousreply 306/18/2013

OP might want to check out Long Day's Journey Into Night.

by Anonymousreply 406/18/2013

If you think AIA is the best American play ever, then you are simple.... and have not seen nor read many American plays.

by Anonymousreply 506/18/2013

R2 was right, not even in the top 25. I can see you don't know much about literature.

by Anonymousreply 606/18/2013

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"

7. "Doubt"

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 Anonymousreply 706/18/2013

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 Anonymousreply 806/18/2013

Only a dumbass flyover queen would say something like that.

by Anonymousreply 906/18/2013

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 Anonymousreply 1006/19/2013

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 Anonymousreply 1106/19/2013

I----I-----I-----I am the best American angel evah!

by Anonymousreply 1206/19/2013

r7. piano lesson and joe turner's come and gone belong on that list.

by Anonymousreply 1306/19/2013


by Anonymousreply 1406/19/2013

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 Anonymousreply 1506/19/2013

Nah, it's good, but too bloated and preachy.

by Anonymousreply 1606/19/2013

'Scuse me?!

by Anonymousreply 1706/19/2013

You mean the guy who wrote Steven Spielberg's last movie, R11?

I think Angels is wildly overrated too, but to be fair...

by Anonymousreply 1806/19/2013

"Like the work of Arthur Miller, the play performs better than it reads."

Which is what one wants in a play.

by Anonymousreply 1906/19/2013

Ever heard of Romeo and Juliet, bitches?

by Anonymousreply 2006/19/2013

Shakespeare was American?? Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 2106/19/2013

You're all just our colonies, anyway!

by Anonymousreply 2206/19/2013

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 Anonymousreply 2306/19/2013

[quote]Note how "successful" Kushner has subsequently been.

You mean his 2 Oscar moms, including this year for Lincoln?

by Anonymousreply 2406/19/2013

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 Anonymousreply 2506/19/2013

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?

by Anonymousreply 2606/19/2013


by Anonymousreply 2706/19/2013

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?

Marvin's Room

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

Buried Child

The Sunshine Boys

Broadway Bound

Joe Turner's Come and Gone

The Philadelphia Story


The Country Girl

by Anonymousreply 2806/19/2013

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 Anonymousreply 2906/19/2013

Hell a majority of Americans probably haven't figured out the Village People were gay.

by Anonymousreply 3006/19/2013

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 Anonymousreply 3106/19/2013

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 Anonymousreply 3206/19/2013

I agree OP, it is the best American play ever written, and one of the best plays ever written.

by Anonymousreply 3306/19/2013

[quote]Ever heard of Romeo and Juliet, bitches?


by Anonymousreply 3406/19/2013

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 Anonymousreply 3506/19/2013

"It's so fucking pretentious, something that becomes more evident with each year."

That doesn't even make sense as a rhetorical flourish.

by Anonymousreply 3606/19/2013

I like your list r28.

by Anonymousreply 3706/26/2013
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