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Angels in America, Part 2: Perestroika

a Drama
CATEGORY :
by Tony Kushner

COMPANY : Onstage Atlanta, Inc. [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Onstage Atlanta, Inc. (Decatur) [WEBSITE]
ID# 1311

SHOWING : July 15, 2005 - August 20, 2005

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

A Gay Fantasia by Tony Kushner
Winner of the Tony Award for best play and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Part two picks up at the dramatic ending of "Millennium Approaches" with the mysterious angel that has appeared to the very ill Prior Walter. Here the drama takes on a new perspective and we find out the drama that has got Heaven in a hell of an uproar.

This amazing drama in whole (both parts) won Tony awards as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Don't miss these compelling dramas about a group of characters on the verge of a discovery that will change their worlds. Forever.

Directed by OSA Artistic Director
Scott F. Rousseau



CAST & CREW LIST
Director Scott F. Rousseau
Stage Manager Ellen Gaydos
Asst. Stage Manager Kimberly Faith Hickman
Asst, Stage Manager Kimberly Faith Hickman
Set Design and Build Nathan Hughes
Special Effects Design Michael Magursky
Asst. Director Chris Montedoro
Props Design Chris Montedoro
Lighting Design John David Williams
The Angel Jennifer Bates
Ensemble Paine Calabro
Roy Cohn Jeroy Hannah
Harper Candace Mabry
Joe Nick Nicholaides
Belize Derek Ratcliff
Hannah, Ethel Rosenberg Kim Salome
Prior chris skinner
Louis Nick Tecosky
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REVIEWS

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Apocalypse Eventually (3.5)
by Okely Dokely
Monday, August 22, 2005
3.0
The great work continues with Part 2, which is even more long-winded than Part 1. Five acts, one epilogue, one column that fell down during a scene change, one front row that was inexplicably taped off despite the incredibly full house (we could have used the extra seats), at least 2 scenes with stage blood, and a partridge in a pear tree.

It is revealed in this installment that Prior is 30, or 31. One line says 31, then later on another line says 30. Would it have killed them to change it to 25 or younger? Chris Skinner could much more easily pass for 25, but not 30. Not by a long shot.

Part 2 was almost as good as part 1, and Rousseau's direction hits almost all the right notes, except for a semi fatal flaw at the end of the epilogue. Prior's final monologue didn't move me as much as it seemingly moved everyone else for a couple of reasons: 1) the choice of music to underscore this was too over-the-top, sugary sweet Frank Capra for my tastes, and 2) Skinner's delivery was a bit too melodramatic. My "awwwwww" nerves would have been better touched had Skinner not tried so hard and presented the speech more straightforward, and either subtler music was used, or no music at all. Quite frankly, to me it was too easy and predictable of a directorial choice to put in the symphonic God-bless-us-everyone-one-nation-indivisible-'til-death-do-us-part music. However, if Rousseau was wetting his pants to use that particular piece, he could have saved it for the curtain call and played it exclusively then.

I mentioned before that I prefer Part 1 to Part 2. They say that the anticipation of something is often better than the thing itself once you get it. Maybe I felt that Kushner tried way too hard to wrap everything up so neatly, without one loose end left untied. I dunno. I just know that in this case, getting a "To Be Continued..." was better than getting a "The End." [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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