Angels in America: Millenium Approaches at The Wilma Theater

poster for Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (1993) by Tony Kushner Twenty years ago, Tony Kushner’s play in two parts, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasy on National Themes won two Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Twenty years. Wow.

And so it was with much anticipation that I went to last night’s performance of part one, Millenium Approaches at The Wilma Theater on Broad Street. I will see part two, Perestroika tonight. My next post will be a review of part two.

As I sat waiting for the show to begin I noticed that much of the audience surrounding me were young people, probably not yet born when this ground-breaking play premiered. As much as I looked forward to seeing The Wilma Theatre’s new production of both parts of this play, I wondered how it would hold up. Now I worried that all of  its references would be completely lost on a generation too young to remember Ronald Reagan or the height of the AIDS epidemic, or what it was like to be in the closet. [Ed. note: Happy National Coming Out Day!] I wanted to like this production, and I was afraid the rest of the audience wouldn’t get it. (The Wilma’s dramaturge provides helpful notes and a timeline in the program and online here and here.) Continue reading

Reflecting on an Interview, 25 years later

DRAMA door sign on Room 501

NOTE: This is not a typical post for this blog, but I share it here to archive the video footage and give thanks to someone who helped shape who I became. Continue reading

EgoPo Classic’s Marat/Sade (theater review)

This is my review of EgoPo Classic Theater‘s production of The persecution and assassination of Jean Paul Marat as performed by the inmates of the asylum of Charenton under the direction of the Marquis de Sade (aka “Marat/Sade”) by Peter Weiss, as part of the Philadelphia Fringe/Live Arts Festival.

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Dracula sucked! (theater review)

This is my review of Tribe of Fools‘ original adaptation and production of Dracula, at the Lantern Theatre as part of the Philadelphia Fringe/Live Arts Festival. Click here for tickets & showtimes. Continue reading